Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - The Buffalo Bills have prevented
cornerback/return specialist Leodis McKelvin from reaching the free-agent
market, with the club announcing it has agreed to terms on a contract with the
former first-round pick on Sunday.
Terms of the pact were not disclosed by the team, though the Buffalo News
reported the deal to be for four years and worth more than $20 million, of
which $7.5 million will be guaranteed.
McKelvin has spent his entire five-year career in Buffalo after being taken by
the Bills with the 11th overall selection in the 2008 draft. The 27-year-old
is regarded as one of the league's premier punt returners and led the NFL with
an average of 18.7 yards per runback in that category this past season.
The Troy product also took back a franchise-record two punts for touchdowns in
2012 and has four return scores (3 punt, 1 kickoff) over the course of his
As a defender, McKelvin recorded 21 tackles, one interception and three passes
defensed while starting four of 13 games last season. He has compiled six
picks and 30 passes defensed over 64 career contests.
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