We examined everything that led New England to send the star cornerback to Carolina, after it had been announced that he would be cut in the first instance.
FOXBOROUGH – The plans of the New England Patriots to cross the corner Stephon gilmore They came as a surprise this Wednesday.
Gilmore, who started the season on the disabled list due to physical problems after undergoing surgery on a torn quadriceps muscle suffered in Week 15 of the 2020 campaign, was sent to the Los Carolina panthers by a sixth-round pick in the 2023 draft. He was named 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, has been included in the first team All-Pro twice, and invited four times to Pro bowl.
Here is a review of some of the key points in the transaction:
Why are the Gilmore Patriots dumped?
There are three main factors at play: salary cap, contract, and injury. The Patriots are tight against the salary cap, with about $ 54,000 in space, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, which is not enough space to make the necessary movements to survive the rest of the season, such as the anticipated signing of the linebacker Jamie Collins Sr. Transfer to Gilmore creates $ 5.8 million in space. The Patriots they could have looked to other areas to create space, though. And having been able to agree on a contract restructuring with Gilmore, they probably would have preferred that. But, with the talks without reaching an agreement, the club had to ask itself a question: With Gilmore recovering from surgery on a torn quadriceps, and dissatisfied with his contract, was it justifiable to pay him $ 400,000 a week to rehab until he was ready to play?
Why did the contract talks collapse?
Gilmore he was scheduled to make a base salary of $ 7 million this season, below the market value of a player of his caliber. The reason for the low figure was that the five-year, $ 65 million deal signed in 2017 was loaded with guaranteed money for the first few years, plus the team advanced him $ 5 million of his 2021 salary during the 2020 campaign. The parties explored options to find a middle ground, including an upgrade to his 2021 contract and a long-term extension, but no deal was reached.
How much money are the Patriots saving against the salary cap?
This is an unusual situation, to be able to get rid of a veteran player like Gilmore and save $ 5.8 million against the cap. That is because Gilmore He was not on the 53-man squad, but on the list of those unable to participate due to physical problems. This goes deeper into issues of salary cap and collective bargaining agreement, but the players on that list are not guaranteed their salary until the end of the payments until they are added to the active staff of 53 men. Then the Patriots the last 13 weeks of salary and bonuses are saved Gilmore.
How was the exchange made?
The Patriots announced their plans to cut Gilmore around 8 a.m. Eastern time, but the release would not become official until 4 p.m. Eastern time, so interested teams were able to call the Patriots and try to acquire it in exchange, avoiding a situation where they competed for their services in the open market. That presumably involved the security agent as well. Gilmore, Jason chayut, negotiating a contract before consummating the transfer.
What were the potential destinations for Gilmore?
Gilmore is from Rock Hill, South Carolina, and the Panthers they were among the leaders in space under the salary cap ($ 19.2 million, according to Over the Cap). The cornerback Jaycee horn, their first-round recruit, is rehabilitating from a broken foot, although the team acquired in exchange, also, CJ Henderson to fill that gap. The Panthers had the space under the salary cap and a desirable location for the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year. Besides, the Green bay packers have high school needs, and about $ 7 million in cap space, and the Kansas city chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have similar needs, and about $ 3 million each, of space under the salary cap, so Gilmore it must have been, at least, a consideration for them.
What does it mean to the Patriots?
Count on JC Jackson and Jalen mills as its main cornerbacks, with Jonathan Jones as the primary option in the slot. The projection was that Mills would occupy a more hybrid safety / cornerback role when Gilmore he was ready to go back so this will probably keep him out. Also, shine the spotlight on the development of the 2021 fifth round recruit, Shaun wade (Ohio State), acquired by the team via trade in early September with the Baltimore Ravens. Wade, who has a physical profile similar to that of Gilmore in terms of length (6 feet 191 pounds), he has yet to be activated for a match. Joejuan williams, a 2019 second-round pick from Vanderbilt, is also available, but was not activated while healthy for last Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the Buccaneers.