Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/4/12

Cornerback Drayton Florence was released by the Bills.

Florence played 46 games, including 45 starts, in his three seasons with the Bills, who drafted cornerback Stephon Gilmore in the first round of the 2012 draft.

Florence signed a three-year, $15 million contract as a free agent in 2009. He was a second-round pick in the 2003 draft out of Tennessee-Chattanooga when current Bills general manager Buddy Nix worked in the Chargers front office.

Nix said in a statement released by the team Thursday that the young talent behind the 31-year-old made the decision easier for the Bills.

"I want to thank Drayton for all he's done for our team during his three years," Nix said. "But we have some good, young talent at the cornerback position that has tremendous upside. They need to take as many of the reps at practice as they can to continue to develop that talent. Our defense has gone through a number of changes since the end of last season and we feel that it's necessary to give these young corners the opportunity to be in the lineup."

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