The Bills announced they have released CB Drayton Florence, a 16-game starter the past two seasons for the team.
Florence, a nine-year veteran, started 45 games during his three seasons with the Bills. He had 38 passes defensed and seven interceptions over that span. He originally entered the league in 2003 with the Chargers and played his first five seasons in San Diego before spending one season with the Jaguars prior to coming to Buffalo. He has 17 career interceptions.
The Bills addressed the CB position in the draft, selecting South Carolina's Stephon Gilmore with their top pick, No. 10 overall.
“I want to thank Drayton for all he’s done for our team during his three years in Buffalo," Bills GM Buddy Nix said. "But we have some good, young talent at the cornerback position that has tremendous upside. They need to take as many of the reps at practice as they can to continue to develop that talent. Our defense has gone through a number of changes since the end of last season and we feel that it’s necessary to give these young corners the opportunity to be in the lineup.”
The way we see it
They have a lot of depth at the position and will save nearly $4 million (his base salary for 2012) by cutting Florence, who reportedly was paid a $250,000 roster bonus in March. Buffalo is also very confident in Aaron Williams being a boundary corner of the future. Florence, who led the team with 14 penalties, was inconsistent at times. There are still question marks, though, about Terrence McGee and Leodis McKelvin.