So much for that pending problem. The Bills took care of business well ahead of time, locking up their best defensive back before he hits the market as a free agent.
Terrence McGee reached a multi-year agreement with Buffalo on Friday. Further terms were not disclosed. According to the Buffalo News, the deal is worth $27 million in new money.
McGee is questionable for Buffalo's game this weekend against Tampa Bay due to back spasms. He practiced all week when the spasms suddenly struck him Friday morning. Ashton Youboty will start with McGee can't go.
As far as the future is concerned, McGee is happy to get business out of the way.
"You definitely feel good about your long term security when you can get a deal like this done, but more importantly it allows you to focus more on football," McGee told reporters. "At the same time I did my best to not even think about it because you don't want it to affect your play. But it is good to get it over with and focus on making it to the playoffs."
McGee transitioned from Buffalo's top return man to top cover man smoother than most would have expected.
Over his career, he has 16 interceptions and 76 pass breakups in 90 games. He has helped soften the blow left by departed free agents Nate Clements and Antoine Winfield, routinely taking on opponents' No. 1 wideout.
While he may not be a big-play, pick-six threat every Sunday, McGee is clearly a staple on Buffalo's defense. The Bills did not want to let him get away.