As the team’s 2012 first round draft pick, Gilmore played his rookie season wearing 27 after donning South Carolina’s number 5 jersey in college, but had always hoped to wear 24 in the NFL.
The number opened up with the release of Terrence McGee in February, a veteran cornerback who had worn number 24 for the Bills during his 10-year tenure on the team.
“I know Terrence had it last year and I had to wait my time for it," Gilmore said. "He earned his number and was a great player for the Buffalo Bills.”
As to whether or not Gilmore sees this as a numerical passing of the torch, he said, “Terrence was a great player but I’m going to be my own player and try to be the best player I can be and try to be one of the best cornerbacks in the league. That’s my goal."
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Gilmore is the 17th player in team history to wear 24. He joins: