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Report: Buffalo Bills won't use franchise tag Stephon Gilmore

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Not really surprising, but a report has surfaced.

The Buffalo Bills will not use their franchise tag on cornerback Stephon Gilmore, per The Buffalo News.

This hardly comes as a shocker for a few reasons. Gilmore did have five interceptions in 2016 but had long lapses of poor play, especially down the field early in the season.

The franchise tag number for cornerbacks in 2017 is projected to be slightly north of $14M, per former agent and CBS Sports analyst Joel Corry.

In 2016, Gilmore made $11M under the fifth-year option of his rookie contract.

At this point, along with AJ Bouye from Houston, Buffalo’s 2012 first-round pick will be one of the top cornerbacks on the free-agent market, unless the Bills sign him to a long-term extension before March 9.

That's unlikely, as is Gilmore returning to Buffalo after he tests the market.

The 26-year-old has great size for the cornerback position, a respectable resume, and a decent reputation in man coverage. Gilmore will strike it rich in free agency.