Report: Bears expected to pursue Stephon Gilmore

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The Chicago Bears apparently already have their sights set on a pair of soon-to-be free agents. In addition to interest in Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon, the Bears are also looking at one of the top cornerbacks set to hit the market.

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears are expected to pursue Stephon Gilmore of the Buffalo Bills when free agency begins next week.

The Buffalo Bills elected not to use the franchise tag on Gilmore, which set the stage for him to become a free agent next week. He’s started 66 of 68 games played for the Bills over the last five seasons after being the 10th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. He had a career-high five interceptions for Buffalo last season.

While the legal tampering period officially begins on Tuesday ahead of the start of free agency on Thursday, the reality is preliminary conversations are almost certainly underway at the NFL combine this weekend.

8 responses to “Report: Bears expected to pursue Stephon Gilmore

  1. The reported interest in Glennon is absolutely ridiculous!!! I would rather have Connor Shaw and Matt Barkley as backups to whomever is our starter. Glennon will never be a starting QB and their are other cheaper options to hold a clipboard.

    As for Gilmore, great start there but they also need to be on AJ Bouye’s doorstep once free agency begins…Gilmore should be priority 1b to Bouye’s 1a.

  2. As a Bills fan all I can say is dont let the door hit your backside on the way out. Gilmore could not cover my grandmother without a safety helping him….

  3. Literally anyone is better than the garbage the Bears put on the field at CB last year. They realistically need to upgrade both CBs and both safeties to have any pass defense at all so this would make it 1 down and 3 to go.

  4. Literally anyone is better than the garbage the Bears put on the field at CB last year. They realistically need to upgrade both CBs and both safeties to have any pass defense at all so this would make it 1 down and 3 to go.
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    This. 100% this. Every single position in the secondary should be up for grabs. Even if they get Gilmore, they should be looking for another top corner. The blueprint should be the Giants’ last offseason.

  5. Gilmore is a good player, but not worth the difference maker type money he’s likely gonna get.

  6. I am 100% on the AJ Bouye train…he is by far the best FA corner available and why Pace is focusing on Gilmore who has shown flashes of greatness but mixed it in with more than his share of blown coverages is beyond me. Granted Gilmore would be a big upgrade over ANYTHING the Bears currently have at the CB position but I think that is more a testament to the garbage the Bears have as starters than to the playmaking ability of Gilmore!!!

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