BY NICK ST. DENIS
The Bills took another step in an offseason of progress Thursday, signing first-round draft pick Stephon Gilmore.
According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the former South Carolina cornerback will make "about $12.1 million" over four years.
“I love playing football and that’s the main reason I play, so I wasn’t going to let (the contract) be a distraction,” Gilmore told BuffaloBills.com. “I wasn’t really worried about it. I knew Buffalo was going to come through."
The Bills selected Gilmore at No. 10 overall before releasing veteran cornerback Drayton Florence, making Gilmore a likely starter when the 2012 season rolls around.
"Now I can just focus on football and do what I do," Gilmore said.
Gilmore had a good rookie camp, and while he'll certainly have the standard learning curve to overcome, he'll bolster a secondary in need of help.
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