Bills bring back cornerback E.J. Gaines

The Bills originally acquired Gaines in the Sammy Watkins trade with the Rams during the 2017 season

Brayton Wilson
March 25, 2019 - 11:06 am

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The Buffalo Bills are bringing back a familiar name to the cornerbacks room for the 2019 season.

The team announced on Monday that they have signed free agent corner E.J. Gaines to a one-year deal.

According to Aaron Wilson from the Houston Chronicle, Gaines' deal will be worth $3.6million.

Gaines returns to the Bills after spending one season with the Cleveland Browns in 2018. The 27-year-old corner signed a contract with the Browns last March, and ended up playing in six games before being placed on season-ending injured reserve due to a concussion. In his six games played in Cleveland, Gaines started twice while picking up 13 total tackles, three passes defended and an interception.

The Bills originally acquired Gaines in the Sammy Watkins trade with the Los Angeles Rams on August 11, 2017. In his one season with the Bills, Gaines started 11 games while picking up 59 combined tackles, nine passes defended, one interception and three forced fumbles.

Before being acquired by Buffalo, Gaines had spent three seasons with the Rams organization. Despite missing all of the 2015 season with a foot injury, he ended up with 126 combined tackles, 21 passes defended, two interceptions and a forced fumble in 26 games in 2014 and 2016.

Gaines was originally a sixth round pick (188th overall) of the, then, St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft out of the University of Missouri.

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