Stephon Gilmore “would be very open to signing a new deal” with the Patriots, according to Albert Breer of SI.com. There hasn’t been much buzz about an extension for the Patriots cornerback lately, but the two sides could iron something out to put the recent trade rumors to bed.
Gilmore is currently set to count for $7MM against the Patriots’ books. That’s not a ton of money for Gilmore, who earned 2019 Defensive Player of the Year honors, but it’s the final year on his deal. Sooner or later, the Pats will have a decision to make — do they want the 30-year-old on a pricey multi-year deal? Or, would they rather trade him now in exchange for draft capital?
The Patriots have discussed trades for Gilmore over the past year, but the more recent offers might not be to their liking. Last year, Gilmore was limited to just eleven games, thanks to COVID-19 and his season-ending injury. Meanwhile, his coverage numbers slipped — Pro Football Focus slotted him just 61st among corners last season.
The Patriots — or one of the league’s 31 other teams — will have to take Gilmore’s expected ask into consideration. Jalen Ramsey, Marlon Humphrey, and Tre’Davious White all moved the market last year with their $17MM+/year extensions. Despite Gilmore’s weak 2020, he’s in for a significant pay raise. If the Patriots don’t plan on paying J.C. Jackson top-CB money, they could use this opportunity to lock up Gilmore while his leverage is lacking.
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