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Report: Bills “have no intention” of paying Stephon Gilmore top money

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Stephon Gilmore #24 of the Buffalo Bills comes off the field after being injured against the Houston Texans during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

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Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore showed up for minicamp so he could save $75,000 in fines.

But he may be making a mistake if thinks he’s getting the kind of money he wants from the Bills long-term.

According to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, the Bills “have no intention” of giving Gilmore a $15 million per year contract like the one Josh Norman got from Washington.

Much like Norman when he began his contract negotiations with the Panthers a year ago, Gilmore is entering the final year of his rookie deal. The Bills picked up the fifth-year option on Gilmore’s, meaning they’ll pay him $11 million this year.

That means like Carolina did with Norman, the Bills could use the franchise tag next year to keep Gilmore in place. The Panthers ultimately chose to rescind the tag, when it became clear Norman wasn’t going to come to offseason workouts or participate fully.

Gilmore wasn’t quite clear about whether he intended to show up for training camp, but with fines of $40,000 per day, that’s an expensive protest.