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Patriots trade Stephon Gilmore to Panthers

The Rams didn’t make the move to get Gilmore

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Update:

The Patriots traded Stephon Gilmore to the Panthers in return for a 2023 6th round pick. The Panthers will assume his remaining contract liabilities and have the opportunity to negotiate an extension prior to the beginning of free agency this year. For more on the trade, visit Cat Scratch Reader.

Previously:

Pairing Stephon Gilmore with Jalen Ramsey? Could it really happen?

New England Patriots head coach and general manager Bill Belichick has found himself in the unusual position of being 1-3 to start the season, and on Wednesday, the Patriots again did an unusual thing for them by releasing a star player midseason instead of picking one up. Belichick and the Pats released cornerback Stephon Gilmore after he had played four seasons with the team, making three Pro Bowl and two All-Pro rosters in that time, as well as being named 2019’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Could the LA Rams be the best next home for Gilmore given that they’ve seen the potential issues they have with cornerback David Long, Jr. as a starter?

Gilmore has spent this season on the Physically Unable to Perform list and not played in 2021, but his main issue with the Patriots was his contract situation. Now Gilmore is free to sign anywhere he wants to and money shouldn’t be an issue; like most cases similar to this, Gilmore will probably sign for little and then test free agency in 2022.

Last season, Gilmore posted one interception in 11 games and it was a typically very-good season, as opposed to the domination he showed in 2019 with six interceptions and a passer rating against of 44.1.

Pairing Stephon Gilmore with Jalen Ramsey? The 6’1, 200-pound former top-10 pick out of South Carolina is probably looking for a chance to get back to the Super Bowl and has long been one of the best corners in the league. Gilmore would be a formidable partner with Ramsey, who hasn’t seen the same support at corner around him as he saw last season. The loss of Troy Hill has been a painful one and Long has so far only been burned throughout his career in the regular season.

Will Sean McVay and Les Snead not only make sure that Gilmore comes to LA, but that he doesn’t go to San Francisco, Seattle, or Arizona?