Bills agree to deal with CB Florence

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The Buffalo Bills are out of the free-agent cornerback market after agreeing to a three-year contract to re-sign veteran Drayton Florence.

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Both Florence and a person familiar with talks confirmed the agreement on Thursday, a day after the player had posted a note announcing the deal on his Twitter account.

''It's official I'm back buffalo see ya at fisher!!!!,'' Florence had tweeted, referring to St. John Fisher College, the Bills training camp facility. Players are scheduled to report for camp on Friday.

Florence then proceeded to discuss his return on Buffalo's WGR Radio Thursday morning, saying he's excited to be back.

''Things happened faster than we had thought they would,'' Florence told the station, referring to how quickly negotiations developed. ''The Bills stepped up and got the deal done and I'm ready to go.''

The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press, and added that the Bills are now out of the cornerback market. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal.


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Under NFL rules applying to all free agents, Florence will not be able to sign his contract until Friday evening.

Florence is an eight-year NFL veteran who completed his second season in Buffalo last year. He had 58 tackles but no interceptions in 16 starts last year, while proving to be the Bills' most dependable cornerback.

His return solidifies the Bills cornerback position, which features returning veterans Terrence McGee and Leodis McKelvin. The Bills also bolstered the position by selecting Aaron Williams out of Texas in the second round of the draft in April.

The Bills also announced they have signed rookie seventh-round pick, hulking defensive tackle Michael Jasper.

Drafted 245th overall out of Bethel University in Tennessee, Jasper is listed at 6-foot-4 and 385 pounds. Though he played offensive guard in college, the Bills are planning to convert him into a defensive tackle.

Jasper is the first of Buffalo's nine rookie draft picks to sign.

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