Initially, New England planned to cut the four-time Pro Bowl pick before agreeing to a trade in exchange for a 2023 sixth-round pick.
The Carolina panthers they have acquired Stephon gilmore in an exchange with the New England Patriots, who were unable to agree to a restructured contract with the star cornerback.
The Patriots initially they planned to cut to Gilmore this Wednesday, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN, but eventually they traded the four-time Pro bowl to Carolina by a sixth-round draft pick in 2023.
Gilmore and the head coach of the Patriots, Bill Belichick, had offered public goodbyes prior to the announcement of the transfer.
“We enjoy so much time together and you have been an incredible inspiration to my individual accomplishments,” she wrote. Gilmore On twitter. “… To Mr. [Robert] Kraft, the coaches, and the organization, thank you for providing me with this platform and allowing me to be part of the greatness. Above all, I want to thank my teammates who lined up next to me every Sunday with one goal in mind. “
Belichick praised Gilmore in a statement as a “true first-class professional,” saying the decision to go without the cornerback was mutual.
Gilmore he is recovering from surgery on a torn quadriceps he underwent in December. He is expected to be ready to play in the weeks to come, but he cannot get off the list of disabled to play due to physical problems until Week 6.
The Panthers have tried to solve problems in the secondary defense during 2021, including a fracture that could have ended the season of the first-round draft, Jaycee horn. Carolina acquired in exchange with the Jacksonville Jaguars last September 27 to the corner CJ Henderson, who played just 18 defensive chances during the Week 4 loss of the Panthers before the Dallas cowboys.
Gilmore He is heading to a meeting against his team when the Panthers welcome the Patriots in Week 9.
The 31-year-old defender has a base salary of $ 7 million in 2021 after signing a five-year, $ 65 million deal with the Patriots in 2017 and receive a 5 million advance of their 2021 earnings during the 2020 campaign. Panthers are scheduled to pay Gilmore $ 5.8 million for the remainder of the season.
Gilmore and the Panthers They are open to you playing the final year of your contract, sources told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. The parties could discuss an extension, but the Panthers they expect Gilmore reach free agency, something the cornerback should prefer.
Carry on without Gilmore will open for Patriots, who were about $ 54,000 under the salary cap, an additional $ 5.8 million in space.
Gilmore, Defensive Player of the Year In 2019, he had been absent from the mandatory minicamp of the Patriots in June, publicly expressing his contract dissatisfaction during the campaign break. He tied his career-low with an interception last season, playing in just 11 games after missing time with a COVID-19 diagnosis and a quadriceps injury.
With Gilmore out at the start of the campaign, JC Jackson and Jalen mills have served as the starting cornerbacks for the Patriots, with Jonathan Jones as the primary option in the slot.
Gilmore He was raised in Rock Hill, South Carolina, about 26 miles from the Carolina. The Panthers They will move their facilities to Rock Hill over the next two years.
Information from Mike Reiss and AP was used in the writing of this note.