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.
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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