Bills’ E.J. Gaines Opts Out Of 2020 Season

E.J. Gaines has opted out of the 2020 season, according to Bills GM Brandon Beane (Twitter link via Kim Jones of NFL.com). Gaines was set to play on his third Buffalo contract after rejoining the team in March. Now, the cornerback will have to wait until 2021 to make his return.

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Gaines first hooked on with the Bills in 2017 and showed serious promise. He finished out as Pro Football Focus‘ No. 12 ranked cornerback and placed ninth in Football Outsiders’ success rate, despite being limited to just eleven games. He moved on to the Bills and, once again, he was bitten by the injury bug, seeing time in just six games in 2018. Gaines went back to Buffalo in 2019, only to reach an injury settlement with the team in August. Gaines has been in the league since 2014, but he’s appeared in just 43 games across four seasons.

This year, the 28-year-old was set to backstop Josh Norman and Tre’Davious White. Now, the Bills could use another CB, hence their recent meeting with former Seahawks defensive back Akeem King.

Upwards of 30 players have chosen to opt out of the 2020 season, as shown in PFR’s tracker. Meanwhile, the deadline date remains TBD.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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10 comments on “Bills’ E.J. Gaines Opts Out Of 2020 Season

  1. Wyoming Bison Expansion Team

    He would probably not be playing anyways due to an injury he suffered. Talented but he’s made of glass and paper mache.

    • wagner13

      Dude showed so much promise in 2014 and 2017. I always feel bad for players that just can’t stay healthy.

      Also, just a minor error, but I believe you meant to say, “moved on from the Bills,” rather than to. Otherwise, keep up the good work Zach!

  2. @powerplay7

    Honestly. I don’t get all this opting out business. These guys r so stinkin healthy. In such good shape. This virus isn’t as bad as the media makes it sound. It’s literally just a cold. And if u have a compromised immune system or if ur old, any sickness is bad for u. But do we shut down for the flu which is worse? Do we shut down for stomach bug? No. The only way to rly move on is to all get exposed, be sick for a few days, and develop an immunity. Than we’ll all be okay. These guys aren’t at risk. It’s just a bunch of hogwash them opting out

    • Mo Vaughn

      They’re not necessarily opting out for themselves, they could have young children, elderly relatives, or others with medical issues.

    • darthdragula

      wow. literally just a cold. clearly you don’t know the meaning of the word literally and clearly you have no idea what you’re talking about. why is it that the rest of the world pretty much has the virus under control and the it’s running rampant in the U.S?
      Anerica. Twenty years ago you were the most powerful country in the world. Now it’s the worlds laughingstock.

      • @Darth ppl like you make me laugh. Millions around the world are still trying to relocate to the USA for opportunities you can’t get in Asia, Europe, Africa or Latin/South America. We aren’t the laughingstock, we are the envy. We’ve always had internal struggles, what country hasn’t? But the USA will be fine in the long run. Keep your foreign opinion to yourself.

    • forwhomjoshbelltolls

      Please, go on…

      I try to get all of my medical advice from people who can’t spell out three letter words.

      Wht do drs no, rgt?

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