The Buffalo Bills released veteran cornerback Drayton Florence yesterday after drafting two cornerbacks, Stephen Gilmore and Ron Brooks, in the 2012 NFL Draft. Florence could be an asset that the New Orleans Saints could use in their secondary.
Florence has been in the league since he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2003 in the second round. He also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and in 2009 signed with the Buffalo Bills.
His 2009 campaign wasn’t that great, but his 2010 and 2011 season were very productive. In 2010, he had 58 tackles, 15 passes defended, 3 interceptions with one returned for a touchdown, and a forced fumble.
In 2011, Florence had similar results with 50 tackles, 12 passes defended, 3 interceptions with one returned for a touchdown, and a forced fumble.
Florence unfortunately was going to make a base salary of around $4 million and combined with their already crowded backfield, he became expendable.
What would be the Bills loss could be the Saints gain. Second year cornerback Johnny Patrick in an interview yesterday on WIST 690 AM, hinted that he will try to fill the nickel cornerback spot that Tracy Porter used to have.