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Rodgers-Cromartie has all of the intangibles you look for in an elite CB.
The Buffalo Bills drafted cornerback Stephon Gilmore in Round 1 of the 2012 draft.
The former South Carolina Gamecock has had a few rookie moments, but he's also thrived on the field.
Look no further than his game against Larry Fitzgerald. Lined up against one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, Gilmore held Fitzgerald to one catch for 14 yards. The Bills seem to have one of their cornerback spots locked up.
The other spot, however, is wide-open. Aaron Williams, a second-year corner out of Texas, has been abysmal. Williams currently leads the NFL in most touchdowns allowed at the cornerback position.
Williams has only played 16 games in the NFL. There is a good chance that he improves, as cornerback is one of the toughest positions in the NFL. That being said, the Bills need to look at other options available in free agency.
Option No. 1: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
In my opinion, Rodgers-Cromartie has everything you look for in a star cornerback. He has all of the intangibles you want, and he's shown flashes of the talent.
That said, DRC has lacked consistency at the cornerback position. At 26, Rodgers-Cromartie is still relatively young. Whoever signs him will hope that Rodgers-Cromartie can finally put it all together and become the star cornerback that many felt he'd become.
Option No. 2: Quentin Jammer
Who better to mentor Williams than Quentin Jammer? Jammer, another alumnus of Texas, could teach Williams the ropes. Jammer, currently 33, could rotate with Williams and add depth and a veteran presence to the team.
Jammer, like Shaun Phillips, was drafted by Buddy Nix. This may give the Bills an edge in courting the former Longhorn.
Optimism for 2013
There are no sure things in free agency, and minus Dwayne Bowe, I tried to avoid guys who would come with a hefty price tag.
For the Bills to improve, they need to roll the dice on a few players in free agency. If they hit on one or two players, then the Bills would finally take that next step in terms of credibility.