The New England Patriots cut cornerback Stephon Gilmore earlier today, and his departure won’t really affect the cornerback unit. The Patriots have great group at the moment. Well, this was a rather uncomfortable decision. Gilmore tried to get a better deal with the Patriots, but it didn’t happen. He will probably find his home somewhere else. Head coach Bill Belichick addressed the role of Gilmore and his release.
Coach Belichick is more than grateful for everything Gilmore accomplished during his time with the Patriots. Gilmore won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2019 and he would be an excellent addition for any NFL team.
“I am grateful to Stephon Gilmore for his significant contributions to our team,” Belichick wrote in his statement. “It was a privilege and pleasure to coach Steph, I appreciate him for the true professional and class act that he is and wish him all the best in the future. Following discussions over a long period of time, we mutually agreed to part ways today.”
Bill Belichick addressed the Gilmore release
Belichick has great thoughts of Gilmore but as he already said, they had to part ways.
“I absolutely appreciate and feel strongly about the player and the person,” Belichick said. “He’s a great kid. Unfortunately, as I said, we decided to part ways. I don’t have any other comment on that right now. It is what it is. We’re really focused on Houston.”
Gilmore has been linked to many teams, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He will be able to play in Week 6 as he recovers from a bad injury. The Buccaneers need a cornerback at the moment and Gilmore has great connection with Tom Brady. Their reunion would be of great help for the team.
Losing Gilmore is a big blow for the Patriots, but coaches should do fine with the rest of the players at the position. They have several strong options at the moment. Will this be enough in 2021? The Patriots have lost three games and they need to elevate the game and stop making the same mistakes.