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Nickell Robey, Buffalo Bills agree to multi-year contract extension

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Back in the defense that made him a surprisingly effective slot back as a rookie, Nickell Robey was given a major vote of confidence in the form of a multi-year contract extension with the Bills on Sunday.

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Sunday morning, the Buffalo Bills announced that they have signed cornerback Nickell Robey to a multi-year contract extension. Terms of the deal have not yet been reported.

Robey, 23, was an undrafted free agent signing out of USC back in 2013, and impressed enough during training camp to immediately become a top reserve and the team's primary nickel cornerback as a rookie. Playing in Mike Pettine's scheme, he had an impressive first season, with a forced fumble, a pick-six, ten passes defended, and three sacks.

The 5'7" Robey saw his production dip slightly in his sophomore season under Jim Schwartz - who used him less as a roving defender, and more as a traditional cornerback, where his size limitation became more evident - but he still held his own and broke up seven passes. Now entering his third NFL season, Robey is back in the scheme that saw him produce as a rookie.

Robey was eligible to be signed to an extension after only two seasons, rather than the three seasons that a drafted prospect would have to wait for, because he went undrafted in 2013. Robey had been making a league-minimum salary to this point in his career.