Bills agree to re-sign CB McKelvin to 4-year deal

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm •  Published: March 9, 2013
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The Bills were preparing to enter free agency lacking experienced depth at cornerback, especially after cutting veteran Terrence McGee last month. McKelvin will be given the opportunity to compete for a starting job opposite Stephon Gilmore, the team's first-round pick last year. Returning starter Aaron Williams struggled at the position last season.

McKelvin will be part of a defense that's going through a transition under new coach Doug Marrone, who takes over after Chan Gailey was fired in January following three losing seasons. Marrone has brought in an entirely new coaching staff, which includes former New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine in the same role in Buffalo.

The Bills have also cut veteran safety George Wilson and linebacker Nick Barnett this offseason, while defensive end Chris Kelsay and linebacker Shawne Merriman have announced their retirement.

General manager Buddy Nix had expressed interest in re-signing McKelvin. At the NFL combine last month, Nix listed McKelvin along with safety Jairus Byrd and guard Andy Levitre as the top three pending free agents he would like to keep.

The Bills placed the franchise tag on Byrd to retain his rights last week.

Levitre, a four-year starter, remains unsigned and is expected to test free agency.