Patriots Set High Asking Price For Stephon Gilmore

The Patriots want a first round pick and a player in exchange for star cornerback Stephon Gilmore, according to rival GMs who spoke with ESPN.com’s Dianna Russini (on Twitter). Teams have until 4pm ET/3pm CT on Tuesday afternoon to try and pry him loose. 

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Rumors have been swirling about the Patriots and their possible willingness to trade the 2019 AP Defensive Player of the Year. But, from the sound of it, the Patriots aren’t overly eager to part with him.

Gilmore is under club control through 2021 and will be seeking a lucrative extension. At the time of signing, Gilmore’s five-year, $65MM deal ($31MM guaranteed) made him the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history. Since then, the market has shifted dramatically. Earlier this year, as Gilmore’s average annual salary slotted him outside the top 10 for CBs, the Patriots moved some money around to give him a ~$5MM “pay raise”.

This offseason, it’ll take much more than that to keep Gilmore for the long haul. The Patriots recognize that, which is why they’re willing to take calls on the star corner between now and the buzzer. Plenty of contenders would love to add Gilmore and would be willing to give him a new deal in the offseason, but it’ll cost ’em significant draft capital.

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17 comments on “Patriots Set High Asking Price For Stephon Gilmore

  1. wagner13

    I doubt Gilmore will be moved if this is the asking price. I’m not saying Slay is as talented as Stephon, but he only got moved for a third and fifth rounder with similar contractual demands. Gilmore is actually older than Slay and I’m not sure if surrendering 4-5 years of a controlled rookie for a nine year corner makes a ton of sense unless a team is absolutely going all-in. Then again, Ramsey got moved for a significant haul, but he was much younger

  2. JJB0811

    If you think you’re a contender & are short a good CB, trade the 1st. It’ll be in the high 20’s to low 30’s anyways.

    • crosseyedlemon

      That’s the easy part but there is the future financial commitment to consider and Gilmore is going to be trying to cash in big. Can he stay healthy and be a top performer to age 35?

    • downeysoft42

      That’s what I’m saying man. I’m trading a mid first for a dpoy all day.

  3. Mr Goodkat

    Honest question — how many times have the Patriots traded a veteran player and he’s gone on to play at the same if not higher level with his new team?

    Chandler Jones, but he was only like 25. Gronk is looking good, but they had no choice there. Richard Seymour was decent for OAK? Anyone else?

    The other side of that list, however, is very, very long. Not to mention the guys who left, had little to no success, and returned to play well (Branch, Blount, Collins, etc).

    All that to say, if I were another GM, I’d be skeptical to make such a move with the Pats. Even just for a 1. Track record suggests you’re likely to lose that deal.

    • Matthew Heywood

      Most were much older when the patriots let them go he is still in his prime

    • Dorothy_Mantooth

      There are a few but not many. chandler Jones for sure, Jamie Collins did well too for a bit. Ty Law went on to be a Hall of Famer after New England but can’t remember if they traded him or let him walk in free agency.

  4. padam

    Not that they could do it, but man he’d clinch it for the Steelers if they could.

    • MoneyBallJustWorks

      The Steelers were the first team that came to my mind. The Titans a close second.

    • ruckus727

      They would have a free up a lot of money to make it happen. I’d love to see it. Trade a first rounder and Sean Murphy-Bunting? I’d want to keep Carlton Davis and Jamel Dean.

  5. Missourifarmboy

    Problem is he is not playing that well this year, he’s getting long in the tooth for a cb and he wants a big contract. I’d take a hard pass on him.

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