(UPDATE: Stephon Gilmore has been traded to the Carolina Panthers, the group introduced).
Stephon Gilmore’s price within the NFL will have to come into focal point in short while.
Not up to a season and a part got rid of from a marketing campaign that earned him defensive participant of the yr, the four-time Professional Bowl cornerback was once set to be launched via the New England Patriots on Wednesday in a surprising transfer.
Gilmore, 31, opened the yr at the bodily not able to accomplish checklist with a torn quad on which he underwent surgical treatment in December. His play additionally slipped in 2020, and he clashed with the Patriots this offseason in makes an attempt to renegotiate his contract.
However with the confirmed lockdown cornerback now set to turn into a loose agent, he shouldn’t have any scarcity of suitors.
Here’s a take a look at seven possible suits for Gilmore:
Inexperienced Bay Packers
On Gilmore’s Instagram announcement of his cut up from New England, Packers broad receiver Davante Adams commented, “Name me.” Possibly the Packers already may well be on line one. Professional Bowl cornerback Jaire Alexander may just leave out important time with a shoulder harm, and Inexperienced Bay’s protection can not manage to pay for to slide if it hopes to stay alongside of the most efficient of the NFC.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
What number of giant names can GM Jason Licht and trainer Bruce Arians squeeze in this protection? Even after Tampa Bay signed cornerback Richard Sherman final week, the secondary continues to be coping with accidents to Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting, with Arians announcing Wednesday he does not foresee both returning anytime quickly. Whilst the protection’s status because the league’s worst in opposition to the cross is skewed via groups throwing disproportionately, the Buccaneers are obviously all in on their Tremendous Bowl name protection, so it would not be a wonder for Tom Brady to foyer for a reunion along with his former teammate. Becoming Gilmore in may well be tricky, on the other hand, given salary-cap restraints, in particular if he desires greater than a one-year deal.
GM Scott Fitterer already swung a industry for former first-round cornerback CJ Henderson to fill the void left via Jaycee Horn struggling a damaged foot. However given defensive coordinator Phil Snow’s blitz-heavy assault (trailing simplest the Buccaneers with a 40.nine% blitz charge), additional bolstering the secondary could be smart, particularly with two matchups in opposition to Brady and the Buccaneers looming later this yr. The Panthers have the cap house to make one thing occur and may just promote Gilmore — a local of Rock Hill, South Carolina — on moderately of a homecoming.
Their longstanding problems at cornerback a minimum of appear resolved in a single admire with the emergence of Trevon Diggs, who has recorded 5 interceptions in 4 video games. However what occurs when groups forestall throwing in the best way of the second-year participant? The entire quarterbacks who’ve confronted Dallas thus far this yr have handed for no less than 300 yards in opposition to a unit that ranks second-to-last in the course of the air, and bringing on Gilmore would resolve the issue of groups choosing on Anthony Brown, because the Buccaneers did in Week 1. Jerry Jones, on the other hand, has praised the younger skill at the protection.
Kansas Town Chiefs
One cornerback — even of Gilmore’s caliber — may not be a panacea for the NFL’s 31-ranked protection that has floundered in opposition to the run. However there will have to be distinct urgency for the two-time AFC champions, who sit down on the backside in their department and have been burned via Justin Herbert for 4 landing passes in Week three.
San Francisco 49ers
Jason Verrett’s torn ACL left an already suspect San Francisco secondary in a dangerous place. Whilst the 49ers’ protection has caught in combination thus far in opposition to opposing passing assaults, the long-term outlook is shaky. If Kyle Shanahan’s workforce is to stay alongside of the likes of Kyler Murray, Matthew Stafford and Russell Wilson, reinforcements are most probably wanted.
Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider are by no means afraid to make a splashy transfer for a large identify. Extra importantly, the motivation will have to be transparent. The again finish of Seattle’s last-ranked protection is in unhealthy form, and there does not glance to be someone at the roster able to stabilizing the secondary.
Apply Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz on Twitter @MikeMSchwartz.