Stephon Gilmore aims to cash in

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The Bills have decided not to use the franchise tag or otherwise break the bank to extend their five-year relationship with former first-round cornerback Stephon Gilmore. The question now becomes whether someone else will fork over big money for Gilmore.

Multiple sources tell PFT that Gilmore hopes to exceed deals previously signed by Janoris Jenkins ($12.5 million per year at signing) and Richard Sherman ($14 million per year in new money; $11.48 million per year at signing). If it happens, that still won’t set the high-water mark established last year by Washington cornerback Josh Norman, who received $15 million per year at signing after Carolina rescinded the franchise tender.

Other cornerbacks who will be looking to get paid include A.J. Bouye, Dre Kirkpatrick, and Logan Ryan.

Whether any, some, or all of them cash in remains to be seen. As the salary cap keeps going up and up and up, the top of the market for most positions simply isn’t. The highest-paid quarterbacks should be north of $30 million by now, given the growth of the cap since 2013. Other positions should be growing, too, but they just aren’t.

While that leaves plenty of cash for the NFL’s middle class, it keeps the rubber band from stretching as much as it could, even as the overall salary-cap lap band keeps getting looser and looser.

23 responses to “Stephon Gilmore aims to cash in

  1. I like Gilmore but the Bills have this right. He is a top 15 CB, he’s not close to the best. Giving him Josh Norman money is absurd.

  2. “The highest-paid quarterbacks should be north of $30 million by now”

    Sorry Mike, you don’t get to set salaries.
    Qb’s are paid what the market will bear…just like every other position.

  3. Pretty sad when mediocre CBs like Gilmore and Kirkpatrick are going to get big money.

  4. I say go ahead and make your money. You can only do it for so long.

    But I would also remind them that cashing in is not the best way to win a Superbowl.

  5. Good luck getting Top 5 or even 10 money. You haven’t done anything to earn it. You shy’d away from making tackles all year and your coverage was mediocre at best

  6. jimnaizeeum says:
    Mar 5, 2017 1:11 PM
    “The highest-paid quarterbacks should be north of $30 million by now”

    Sorry Mike, you don’t get to set salaries.
    Qb’s are paid what the market will bear…just like every other position.
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    Except no starting level pro bowl caliber QB has been able to hit the free agency market. So when Kirk Cousins finally makes to the free agency market and gets $25 million per season we at the very least will not hear any complaints from you right?

  7. Ugh, now I’m weary of the Bears’ flirtation with him. Good player, but not $15M/yr good.

  8. One for the other thumb says:
    Mar 5, 2017 1:30 PM

    I say go ahead and make your money. You can only do it for so long.

    But I would also remind them that cashing in is not the best way to win a Superbowl.
    =================================
    believe it or not, but most players don’t play for Super Bowls.

  9. Someone will make Gilmore the highest paid CB in the league and I won’t be a bit surprised to see the GM who does it in the unemployment line a year or two later. As a Bills fan I’ve watched Gilmore every game he has played and he is simply not a great CB. When he gets beaten – which isn’t exactly rare – he looks around for someone to blame, sometimes before the WR has even crossed the goal line. His tackling “effort” became a running joke with Bills fans all season. You’d think a guy in a contract year would want to be at his best but Gilmore was more worried about getting through the season healthy. The most maddening aspect of Gilmore’s game is that even when he has great position and coverage he still gives up the completion instead of the PBU or INT. Put him on an island as Wrex Ryan did and Gilmore will get beaten. Put him in a system that gives him (and other CBs) help like Schwartz did and Gilmore will look good. But then you don’t pay zone corners top CB money.

  10. He can be a great CB when he feels like it, which is rare. Give him the big money and you’ll regret it.

  11. Anyone who pays Gilmore top CB money did not watch any of his 2016 tape, Chris Hogan smoked him all day…..Chris HOGAN. Go cash in and steal some idiots money, it worked out great for Jairus Byrd.

  12. Say what you want about Bills GM Doug Whaley, but he has done a good drafting and signed FA defensive backs. Gilmore can be really good at time but he is a shoulder tackler that always got hurt when involved in a hard hit. He is probably a Top 20 CB but not worth all that money. I believe Doug Whaley will do fine with our DB’s – let’s spend the money elsewhere.

  13. eroschmidt says:
    Mar 6, 2017 11:40 AM
    Say what you want about Bills GM Doug Whaley, but he has done a good drafting and signed FA defensive backs. Gilmore can be really good at time but he is a shoulder tackler that always got hurt when involved in a hard hit. He is probably a Top 20 CB but not worth all that money. I believe Doug Whaley will do fine with our DB’s – let’s spend the money elsewhere.

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    Doug, is that you?

  14. Watched him all year and came to the conclusion that he is slightly above average. Any team that pays him $15 mil a year is just plain dumb in my opinion. I realize it’s a tough position given the rules, but he definitely isn’t a Top 10 player at that position. I have nothing bad to say about him, but it is what it is.

    With that said, all the power to any player who tries to make the most they can as soon as they can. Next season in football is a long, long way away.

  15. He shouldve been benched for half his games last season and has very limited ball skills.

  16. Last season he turned down an offer by Buffalo for between $10-11 million per season long term. He turned that down and then proceeded to lay down a steamer of a season. He looked lost and he got beat.

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