It was reported on Monday morning by NFL analyst Ian Rapoport that the Buffalo Bills are re-signing cornerback E.J. Gaines. The deal is reportedly one-year worth $3.6 million dollars.
Gaines played with the Bills during the 2017 playoff season and was acquired in the deal that sent Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams, along with sending Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles for Ronald Darby. He held down the RCB position opposite of Tre’Davious White, when he was healthy, and overall had solid play. With the Bills, he started all 11 games he played in and had 59 tackles and 1 interception.
Gaines left the Bills this offseason for the Cleveland Browns. However, he played in only six games and started two of them. He had 13 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 interception.
The deal the Bills gave Gaines is a friendly deal, almost a “prove it” deal. Gaines is the 14th free agent signing the Bills have made this offseason. For now, Gaines will provide solid depth for the Bills at corner. He sits behind White and 2018 undrafted free agent Levi Wallace. His biggest competition may be newly signed corner Kevin Johnson. This signing also shows that the Bills may not be done signing free agents.