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By Arthur Arkush

The Bills on Saturday announced the re-signing of CB-RS Leodis McKelvin to a four-year deal. FOX Sports' Alex Marvez first reported the deal is worth up to $20 million.

McKelvin, 27, is one of the game's more explosive returnmen. He paced the NFL in punt returns in 2012 with a robust 18.7 yard average, including a pair of scores.

McKelvin has spent his entire five-year career in Buffalo, starting 33 of a possible 64 games.

The way we see it 

McKelvin has the rare ability to filp a game on special teams, likely the main reason the Bills elected to retain his services, as 2012 first-rounder Stephon Gilmore and '11 second-rounder Aaron Williams are holding down the starting corner jobs.

As the Bills' offense transitions to a new scheme under Doug Marrone and potentially a change under center, hanging on to a known special-teams commodity like McKelvin is a sound move. Although it remains to be seen what portion of his salary is guaranteed, this commitment from Buffalo could also perhaps signal the club hasn't given up on the 11th overall pick in 2008 as a corner, either.

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