After the signing of Cordy Glenn to a long-term deal earlier in the offseason, the two main priorities remaining for the Buffalo Bills on the contract front were quarterback Tyrod Taylor and cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
One of those situations just became a little more interesting, as Gilmore is staying away from voluntary OTAs, which begin today.
OTA's begin Monday. Source tells me that Stephon Gilmore won't be there. Two sides still working on long-term deal. https://t.co/aomYAYWC0L— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) May 22, 2016
While the fact that Gilmore, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract at a value of just over $11 million, isn't attending the OTAs might seem a bit worrisome on its face, the workouts are still voluntary. Mandatory minicamp does not begin until June 16.
After the Glenn extension, the Bills were left with over $14 million in cap space for this season. That number includes Gilmore's figure, which would likely drop if the parties agree to an extension.
The value of Gilmore's contract figures to be pretty hefty, given the deals landed by some top-flight free agent corners this past offseason. Notably, the $75 million Josh Norman will be making in Washington for the next five years has put the market in flux. Our own Tom Mitchell projects a five-year, $67 million extension, of which close to $30 million will likely need to be guaranteed.