Leodis McKelvin: Will the Buffalo Bills Keep Him or Cut Him in 2012?

Eammon AziziContributor IIFebruary 9, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18:  Denarius Moore #17 of the Oakland Raiders makes a catch against  Leodis McKelvin #21 of the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 38-35.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin is on thin ice. His make-or-break year has come and gone––and it did not go well. With one year left on his contract, it's questionable whether he'll even make the team in 2012.

Instead of making picks, the former 2008 first-round pick out of Troy State was consistently picked on all season long. More times than not, he was burned or fell victim to bad luck. He was mixed around in the defensive packages, but still quarterbacks would single him out and attack. 

He's not a total loss, though. McKelvin does, on occasion, utilize his raw athletic ability on special teams. On the other hand, he's a chronic fumbler. Most famously he fumbled away Buffalo's chance to finally beat the New England Patriots on national TV opening day, 2009. Should he hold on to that kick-off return the Bills most likely win and who knows if that momentum would have shifted the team's fortune.

My Opinion: He's Gone.

Bills head coach Chan Gailey tends to like athletic players like McKelvin. But week after week he failed to prove himself a reliable corner. And everyone knows if this team is going anywhere, the defense has to be fixed.

With emergence of last year's second-round pick Aaron Williams, the Bills are more likely to keep Williams as the second or third corner, give Drayton Florence another shot as the No. 1 corner and go after another veteran corner on the free agent market. There's also no question the team will draft at least one corner or safety in the draft.

McKelvin simply can't demand the money he's owed as a fourth corner and return specialist prone to losing the ball. It's a shame, because the guy does have pretty impressive tools, but he can't seem to get them to work for him on an NFL level.

Do you think he'll be in a Buffalo Bills uniform come September '12?