Patriots To Sign CB Stephon Gilmore

The Patriots are making big moves this week. New England will sign cornerback Stephon Gilmore, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The deal is expected to come in at more than $14MM/year, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets, but the length of the pact is not yet clear. "<strong

This deal spells the end of free agent Logan Ryan‘s time with the team, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report tweets. In theory, Gilmore and Ryan could have formed one of league’s premier CB duos, but that would have been extremely costly for the Pats. I have Ryan ranked No. 6 on my Top 50 Free Agents list, which ranks players in terms of projected earning power. Gilmore was not far behind at No. 10.

Malcolm Butler, on the other hand, should still be returning to New England. This week, the Pats applied the first-round tender to the cornerback. In theory, another club could sign him to an offer sheet and forfeit a first-round choice if the Pats choose not to match. We’re not so sure Butler will be worth all of that for interested clubs.

The Bears made a strong push for Gilmore this week and the Bills were also working to re-sign him. Buffalo could have retained Gilmore with the franchise tag, but the team felt that the one-year tender for corners was too pricey. They allowed Gilmore to test the open market and they may or may not regret that decision today.

Gilmore did not play up to his ability in 2016 and some have speculated that he was playing it safe in his contract year. Others have wondered if Gilmore simply slipped as the Bills’ entire defense slumped.

The former first-rounder has started 66 games since entering the league in 2012. This year, he had a career-high five interceptions, but Pro Football Focus ranked him only 61st among 112 qualifying corners. Despite the so-so year, Gilmore still ranked as our third-best available free agent cornerback.

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26 comments on “Patriots To Sign CB Stephon Gilmore

  1. Jason

    Nobody has one single clue what’s going on inside of Bill Bella check’s head! Talk about out of left field?! I’ll take it !!! Just wonder what this means for Dante Hightower and RFA Malcolm butler ??? Go Pats

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  2. “In theory, Gilmore and Ryan could have formed one of league’s premier CB duos, but that would have been extremely costly for the Pats.”

    Pats have Malcolm Butler still though. I dont really understand why this comment was made. Pats are better with Gilmore and Butler. Logan would give them a ridiculous trio tho.

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    • myaccount

      Gilmore is massively overrated. He wasn’t even the best CB on his own team last season. They should’ve just re-signed Ryan.

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      • Marty

        Your correct gets beat deep like a drum , Bills never made offer what does that tell you

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        • Bryan

          It doesn’t tell me anything, the Bills routinely make horrible decisions.

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          • Mack83
            Mack83

            lol, yup. They’re not exactly the smartest decision makers in the NFL.

            I see Gillmore doing well in NE.

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  3. crazysull

    I like this, Gillmore is a bigger body corner that I think is a little better than Ryan. Hopefully the next signing(resigning) is Hightower

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  4. Belichick just loves taking players from his division rivals.

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      • BravesBoi

        He had one bad year. He’s been yalls best corner almost every year since he’s been drafted with the exception of last year.

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  5. _kherz23

    Sign Hightower. Let Malcolm sign elsewhere. Collect first round pick. Sign Ryan.

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  6. crazysull

    Are you nuts? Nobody will sign Butler. No one is going to be willing to pay so much That the Pats don’t match the offer and also give up a 1st round pick. And Hightower better be coming back

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  7. nickmontgomery10

    Okay so all you patriots fans think about this, What if , I’m not saying it will happen but what if the saints accepted our trade for brandin cooks we re-sign Logan Ryan , let Malcom butler hit free agency and since we tendered him we get our first round pick back, what do y’all think about that?

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    • BravesBoi

      They are now saying we might trade Malcom for Brandin. And they already turned down our trade of just our pick for Brandin, so they aren’t gonna turn around and accept it now

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  8. justinept

    Guy had a chance to play on a team led by Mike Glennon, and he chose the Patriots? He clearly doesn’t want to win…

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  9. djtommyaces

    NE!
    How could you not want to play for the monsters of the Midway!? LOL

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  10. mulcahy01

    So if I’m correct the pats are signing him to a 5 year deal? If so that’s 70 mil. Now they need to sign Hightower

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