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Why the Bills were wise to make Tre’Davious White the NFL’s richest cornerback

Before the 2017 season, and after five years with the Bills, cornerback Stephon Gilmore signed a five-year, $65 million deal with the Patriots that has turned out to be quite a bargain in retrospect. Gilmore, the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year, is the best cornerback in the business — especially in man coverage, but he’s also lockdown when playing zone, and when he moves inside to the slot.

The loss of a player of Gilmore’s caliber would be a major hit to most defenses, but the Bills had a plan in place. They selected Tre’Davious White with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 draft out of LSU, and watched as White became just as effective a defender as Gilmore had become.

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