By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Here’s what they said on Gilmore as part of a big-picture look at the NFL offseason:
And Patriots corner Stephon Gilmore, with one year left at $7 million — a bargain for a Defensive Player of the Year less than 13 months ago — is a name to watch. His name made the speculative rounds during the trade deadline in October.
Gilmore is on the books for only $7 million next season. It would be surprising if he actually played under that number. But maybe that’s what Gilmore meant by “sacrifice” with that cryptic tweet. Or maybe he’s sacrificing paychecks, once it comes time to either show up or hold out.
If the Patriots trade Gilmore, it may require the cornerback’s new team to give him a raise in the form of a new extension. Gilmore is too talented and accomplished to actually play for that number, so it’s likely he’d be able to force the hand of whoever’s signing his checks.
Gilmore and the Patriots are certainly one of the more interesting situations in the NFL, from a trade rumors standpoint. We are talking about the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year and someone who would likely carry real value around the league, even if it means he needs to get paid. Look at it this way: if Gilmore became a free agent today, someone’s going to hand him a big ol’ bag o’ cash.
So this won’t be the last time we hear a Gilmore trade rumor. Bill Belichick has plenty on his plate as far as adding to the roster and retooling at major spots for 2021. What he does with Gilmore is a major thread of that.
Alex Barth and I talked at length about Gilmore and the Patriots’ situation during the season, and not much has changed in terms of trading him during the offseason. Have a listen below.
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