The New England Patriots had to make a decision on veteran cornerback Stephon Gilmore. The 2019 Defensive Player of the Year is on his way out.
You read it right. Gilmore will leave the Patriots and he will soon be a free agent. New England got rid of the veteran cornerback despite his great skills. Gilmore struggled to get a bigger deal with the team and he was really unhappy with his current situation. The cornerback is not the highest paid player at this position. He didn’t like this at all.
The Patriots had this decision on the table following strong negotiations with Stephon Gilmore
Gilmore spent the offseason on the physically unable to perform list. Of course, he missed most of the 2020 season at the sideline due to the injury he suffered. A lot of analysts thought he’d return on time for the regular season. Gilmore didn’t join his teammates during voluntary organized team activities this spring. He did join them in training camp but wasn’t really active.
The decision is made and Gilmore is out.
Several sources confirmed that the Patriots got engaged in talks with the veteran cornerback. They had different plans for this contract and they were definitely far apart in contract talks. This release came like a huge surprise to us all.
Gilmore is treating his quadriceps injury, but he is a strong cornerback when healthy. NFL teams have shown great interest in his skills.
We have at least one good reason to believe Gilmore will suit up for a contender. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need a cornerback. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is convinced that Tom Brady will attract top free agents. Gilmore will be more than excited to join his former teammate. They had a lot of fun together, and yes, they won a lot of games.
The soon-to-be cornerback will turn 32 later this month. He is an attractive player for most NFL teams and we can already see him join TB12, Rob Gronkowski, and Antonio Brown. A powerful squad, right?