By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
The NFL trading deadline is here, and the Patriots are reportedly trying to make a splash.
According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, New England is asking for a first round pick and a player in exchange for Stephon Gilmore. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year is under contract through the 2021 season.
While that may seem like a big ask, it’s on par with what other top defensive backs have been valued at in recent seasons. At last year’s deadline, Jalen Ramsey was acquired by the Los Angeles Rams for two firsts and a fourth. Then, this past summer, the Jets received two firsts, a third, and a player for Jamal Adams and a fourth.
However, Ramsey was 25 years old when he was dealt, and Adams was 24. Gilmore turned 30 in September. Of course that lowers his relative value, but Gilmore has been a better player than the other two over the last two years. Given all of that, plus Gilmore having the extra year of term on his contract, Russini’s reported asking price doesn’t feel too far off.
Will a team meet the Patriots’ steep asking price? Will the Patriots settle for a lesser offer in order to move Gilmore? Or will the team’s top cornerback finish the season in New England? We’ll know by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, when the deadline officially passes.
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