Breaking News: Bills Signed Phillip Gaines


It’s official, the Buffalo Bills have signed cornerback Phillip Gaines. The visit was first reported by Mike Garafolo.

The visit must have gone well because he chose to sign on with the team.


Gaines was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 3rd round of the 2014 draft. In 2017, Gaines had 268 pass snaps and allowed 27 receptions on 45 targets for 420 yards and 2 TDs, one interception and a pass deflection, according to PFF.



Gaines was exposed in the Kansas City Chiefs’ scheme, very similar to how E.J. Gaines was with the Rams. Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton has employed a 3-4 scheme in K.C., one that heavily emphasizes man coverage. Gaines took a majority of his snaps in the slot, but regardless of where he lined up he allowed too many big plays. In 2017, Gaines surrendered 15.6 yards per reception.


Having a 6’1″ 193 pound corner in the slot could help the Bills defend bigger slot receivers and help protect the seam when they choose to play their cover 3. Former slot corner Leonard Johnson (5’10” 203 pounds) is familiar with the defense that HC Sean McDermott and DC Leslie Frazier employ, but there were times he was taken advantage of.


The Bills are looking to fill out their defensive backfield after losing starting cornerback E.J. Gaines in free agency last week, and having not yet re-signed slot cornerback Leonard Johnson. While the College scouts are heavily scouting the upcoming draft class, the Bills’ Pro Scouts are continuously looking for free agents to fill roles on the roster. Can Leslie Frazier make use of Gaines’s skillset alongside standout Tre’Davious White and new addition Vontae Davis? Regardless, the Bills’ secondary will look starkly different come next season.