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Patriots go big for Stephon Gilmore

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Cornerback Stephon Gilmore was aiming for $14 million per year. He got close; to make up the difference, he joins a perennial Super Bowl contender.

Per a source with knowledge of the deal, the Gilmore contract with the Patriots is worth $65 million over five years, an average of $13 million annually.

He receives a $18 million signing bonus, a fully-guaranteed 2017 base salary of $4.5 million, and a fully guaranteed 2018 base salary of $8.5 million. The contract has a $9.5 million base salary for 2019, $9 million of which is guaranteed for injury at signing. The guarantee felly vests on the third day of the 2019 league year.

The contract has non-guaranteed base salaries of $10.5 million in 2020 and $11.5 million in 2021. The remaining $2.5 million comes from per-game roster bonuses of $31,250 for each of the five years of the deal.

As a practical matter, it’s a two-year, $32 million deal with a team option for each year thereafter. Still, that’s much more money than the Patriots pay to players who haven’t previously played for the team.

It’s the most significant multi-year deal the Patriots have given to a free agent since linebacker Adalius Thomas, who signed a five-year, $35 million contract in 2007. Thomas was released after three seasons with the team.

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48 Responses to “Patriots go big for Stephon Gilmore”
  1. cuzzinjoey says: Mar 12, 2017 12:48 AM

    How un-Belichek like

  2. tbisgod says: Mar 12, 2017 1:03 AM

    This deal is going to piss off Gronk and some of the other vets. Surprising

  3. bvolke says: Mar 12, 2017 1:14 AM

    Yikes! It’s not like New England to overpay for an above average talent like Gilmore.

  4. kissbillsrings says: Mar 12, 2017 1:31 AM

    But the Patriots are cheap & don’t pay anyone…..
    That’s what the non fans always say….
    They continue to be wrong just like the league & Roger are about the Patriots….. Typical don’t you know!!!

  5. pondbridge says: Mar 12, 2017 3:14 AM

    Bill figured that if Butler was insisting on Stephon Gilmore money, he might as well get the real thing. Butler is a great, combative corner- but he was outplayed by Eric Rowe in SB and maybe even by Logan Ryan (departed for TN) so at best he gets 2nd corner money, which he won’t like. Trader Bill swap him for a One– or maybe a cluster of picks with Garappolo w/Cleveland or Houston.

  6. illumination666 says: Mar 12, 2017 5:33 AM

    That’s so weird, he’s not even very good. But I guess you have to que the, “But Bill hasn’t coached him yet!” Just find it weird that Pats barely want to pay their own players, but will go out and back the Brinks trucks for a guy like Gilmore.

  7. illumination666 says: Mar 12, 2017 5:36 AM

    Wanted 14 and got him for 13? Wow, great deal. Pats are geniuses.

  8. stillperfect says: Mar 12, 2017 6:42 AM

    Looks like the Patriots are diverting from their successful model and think they can buy a championship. This has been tried before with not that many positive results.

  9. deenchaz says: Mar 12, 2017 7:33 AM

    Looks like they are trying to buy a Super Bowl team,maybe they are a little nervous?

  10. spillertime21 says: Mar 12, 2017 8:23 AM

    Now Gronk can smoke Gilmore everyday at practice instead of just the two times per year that they play the bills.

  11. sidepull says: Mar 12, 2017 8:27 AM

    I like the signing. Only makes the Pats better. Butler is still a heck of a scrappy player and the two of them will make for a nice defense. Building, always building. Trust the process.

  12. TheWizard says: Mar 12, 2017 8:30 AM

    Bill always gets guys that play great against the Patriots. He’s seen Gilmore twice a year. He knows exactly what he’s paying for.

  13. bchap17 says: Mar 12, 2017 8:33 AM

    I don’t understand why you wouldn’t just give that money to your own homegrown talent Butler?

    Butler is better and plays with more heart than Stephon.

    -Bills fan

  14. kissbillsrings says: Mar 12, 2017 8:36 AM

    stillperfect says:
    Mar 12, 2017 6:42 AM
    Looks like the Patriots are diverting from their successful model and think they can buy a championship. This has been tried before with not that many positive results.
    ________________________________
    WOW…..such insight there…
    A well thought out post….especially after they just won the Championship & have done it 2 out of 3 years now…..I guess you’re right, now they have to do whatever they can to buy the next one!!!!
    I mean it had nothing to do with their ability to manage the salary cap, having a deep roster, the best QB/Coach combo in the history of the game etc. etc, need I go on……SMH
    Certain players at certain positions get paid… It really isn’t that hard to understand…. The question is, does that person excell at what the TEAM needs & will he fill a role should another player at that position gets hurt or leaves for more money from another team…..you know, like you said, that isn’t that good or managed properly & IS TRYING TO BUY A CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

  15. kissbillsrings says: Mar 12, 2017 8:40 AM

    illumination666 says:
    Mar 12, 2017 5:36 AM
    Wanted 14 and got him for 13? Wow, great deal. Pats are geniuses.
    _______________________
    Glad you finally see the light there….
    Patriot fans have known this for YEARS!!

  16. jams56 says: Mar 12, 2017 8:52 AM

    Here’s the thing when a player from your team leaves to make big money elsewhere,you’re usually upset especially if it’s a division rival but I’m happy he signed there because now I can still watch him get burnt and keep getting PI calls every season but now it helps the Bills!

  17. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Mar 12, 2017 8:52 AM

    that’s a reach, not sure he’s worth that kind of money

  18. nflfan4now says: Mar 12, 2017 9:03 AM

    So you have this cb making more then Gronk and Brady and Bennet leaving because they couldn’t pay him more then Gronk.
    They have started down a slippery slope…..

  19. jkossrt says: Mar 12, 2017 9:06 AM

    After watching Gilmore in Buffalo the past several years, I think BB made a mistake this time or Gilmore has been tanking it. He’s pretty good in a zone where he gets help, but if he has to go one on one he gets beat routinely. I wish him the best in New England, but I don’t think the Pats are getting what they think they are.

  20. mzew233 says: Mar 12, 2017 9:20 AM

    Someone outside of New England or a fan of this guy explain.

    I get he’s somewhat proven. But surely not more than Butler in the last 3 years? This reminds me of amendola over Welker, with Amendola getting great money for really no proven GREATNESS. Goodness, yes. but not GREATNESS.

    Not a hypothetical question. Actually looking for real NFL insight here on this guy.

  21. thecape15 says: Mar 12, 2017 9:22 AM

    Looks like the Patriots are diverting from their successful model and think they can buy a championship. This has been tried before with not that many positive results.

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    And this is based on the one contract-Gilmore’s?
    Pretty sure BB knows how to assemble a championship team.
    And he is a salary cap master.
    The results you speak of are usually caused by GMs who back themselves into salary cap hell.

  22. popcherrycoke says: Mar 12, 2017 9:53 AM

    The Patriots came into the off season ranking in the top 5 of cap room in the league. The other 4 teams are perrenial losers. Bill has been planning this for years. lol at anyone questioning this dudes GM skills at this point. Sure there’s been some duds over the years but he’s is unquestionably the best in the business.

  23. mikeoxwells says: Mar 12, 2017 9:55 AM

    Makes me wonder. . .why so desperate?

  24. urmomsmyho says: Mar 12, 2017 10:12 AM

    I watched Gilmore a bunch this year and he was getting routinely smoked by physical receivers. Plus his body language was horrible at times.

    I think BB is changing gears and going for broke because he knows Brady’s window is closing.

    It’s a good strategy, why not ride your horse as long as you can.

  25. intrafinesse says: Mar 12, 2017 10:23 AM

    Lets say the Patriots over paid by 1.5-2MM a year for 2 years.
    But after that they have 3 one year options at a good price, when the cap is going up.

    I trust Belichick to evaluate players, if he’s paying this money he sees something that Bills fans don’t.

    A small overpayment now, for bigger savings down teh road.
    Thats the Belichick way.

  26. whywerule says: Mar 12, 2017 10:23 AM

    tbisgod says:
    Mar 12, 2017 1:03 AM
    This deal is going to piss off Gronk and some of the other vets….
    —————————————————–

    Well Colts fan, since your predictions about the Pats demise over at least the last three seasons have been consistently wrong, we can surmise that this prediction will also be wrong.

    What do you predict for your Colts this upcoming season?

  27. intentionallywidenberg says: Mar 12, 2017 10:31 AM

    Looks like the Patriots are diverting from their successful model and think they can buy a championship.
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    And this is based on the one contract-Gilmore’s?
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    Gilmore $$$ and spending 1st round pick+ on a WR (Cooks) is un-Belichickian. It does feel like a team that is loading up for a championship run. I’m not so sure that “buying a championship” is an unreasonable accusation.

  28. popcherrycoke says: Mar 12, 2017 10:32 AM

    Makes me wonder. . .why so desperate?
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    They had $65m in cap room coming off a SB victory. Makes me wonder, why so nervous?

  29. cover200 says: Mar 12, 2017 10:39 AM

    Nobody saw this coming. Bills management are in a panic knowing that Belicheck signed off on this.

  30. popcherrycoke says: Mar 12, 2017 10:54 AM

    “Gilmore $$$ and spending 1st round pick+ on a WR (Cooks) is un-Belichickian. It does feel like a team that is loading up for a championship run. I’m not so sure that “buying a championship” is an unreasonable accusation.”

    Yeah man, totally! How dare they spend that $65m! They should just put it in escrow.

    Are you so dense that you don’t see what is going on here? You think that cap room was an accident, Bill woke up the day after the SB all like “whoa look how much money I have to spend”?

    No. He’s not “buying a championship”. He doesn’t need to buy them. GM Bill has been making moves for probably 5 years for this moment. He’s stacking this team. He’s “buying” an undefeated season. Coach Bill just happened to win a few SBs while GM bill has been plotting this for years. Its the last box for him to check off. And its all coming together. Will it happen? We’ll see. But that is the play here.

  31. ikeclanton says: Mar 12, 2017 10:56 AM

    The Patriots are never desperate and don’t make moves out of panic. They knew Logan Ryan was gone and know that the only times they haven’t been able to close out a Super Bowl, it was due to the avg./below avg. CB’s who couldn’t protect the late lead Brady gave them.

    In today’s pass-happy NFL, cornerback is the 1 position you’d pay for, if any, and the amount of guys that can truly cover are few and far between.

    When the Pats got Revis a few years ago, Belichick was able to shift the rest of the secondary over for the first time and make the field smaller. Nobody threw his way. That’s like letting Belichick fish with dynamite. It resulted in a guy like Patrick Chung having a great year. Brandon Browner led the league in penalties but was better than average on the other side due to his physicality.

    I’m not saying Gilmore will make the Pats impenetrable, but he and Butler give them a duo as competitive as any in the AFC, along with Talib and Harris.

  32. tigerlilac says: Mar 12, 2017 11:17 AM

    The haters are better judges of NFL talent and its value than Belichick; is that what they are selling?

    Bill mitigates risk by giving the team an out in two years if Gilmore does not meet expectations, and two additional option years that ensure a compensatory draft pick back to the Pats if they don’t exercise the option years. Given the rising cost of corners and the increase in team capsthe contract is both reasonable and well structured.

  33. unclebluck says: Mar 12, 2017 12:07 PM

    I’m not saying Gilmore will make the Pats impenetrable, but he and Butler give them a duo as competitive as any in the AFC, along with Talib and Harris.

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    You chowds are delusional. Gilmore is nowhere near Talib, Harris or Butler in ability or desire and I look forward to reminding you chowds every Sunday next fall when he gets smoked. PS. No one in Buffalo cares that Gilmore is gone….

  34. bencoates57 says: Mar 12, 2017 12:53 PM

    Amendola had better Super Bowls than Welker.

  35. toocoofoo84 says: Mar 12, 2017 1:17 PM

    Bills had no intentions of signing this guy. They must have been tired of him getting those p.I.’s every game and routinely getting burnt. There is no bills fan upset about this right now. I just can’t believe he got so much money he is definitely not worth it

  36. popcherrycoke says: Mar 12, 2017 1:25 PM

    No one in Buffalo cares that Gilmore is gone. Awesome. That’s a great rationalization for a franchise that hasn’t sniffed the playoffs in almost 20 years. Seems about right.

  37. ikeclanton says: Mar 12, 2017 1:43 PM

    Don’t you think it’s possible that Belichick sees something you don’t? I’m not saying Gilmore is Talib, Harris Jr., or even Butler–but he has the ability to be very good.

    What are the odds that he can turn Gilmore into anything better than he was in Buffalo playing for that moribund franchise?

    At the very least, he’ll put him in a better position to succeed, and coming to the Patriots usually (I stress “usually” because it’s not always true) brings out the best in players because they step it up a notch. Historically, not unlike baseball players who go to the Yankees.

  38. RE LEE says: Mar 12, 2017 1:46 PM

    The Jets paid Revis 14 mil. BB let him go. Good CBs are not dime a dozen.BB knows what he needs to get the job done. Quite sure Gilmore will earn his pay.
    Just curious what’s BB’s evil plan is for Blitz for Six. I can’t believe they won the SB without Gronk and with just the rejects from other teams. This year will be more exciting.

  39. maxkingpin says: Mar 12, 2017 2:14 PM

    $18MM signing bonus, after taxes leaves about $11MM.
    Put that entire amount into investments that bring an annual reasonable ROR of 5%, and every year Gilmore will have (before tax) $550K/YR for life.

  40. tylawspick6 says: Mar 12, 2017 2:43 PM

    So, it’s a 2 year deal at 16 per, and then they can walk if Gilmore starts to fade.

    Since BB manages the cap so well, I am not really concerned if this is a bit high annually.

    The duration of these deals and the annual payouts are obviously the keys. I am just glad they can walk after 2 years, if he proves he’s not worth the remainder of the deal.

  41. tylawspick6 says: Mar 12, 2017 2:45 PM

    Bills had no intentions of signing this guy. They must have been tired of him getting those p.I.’s every game and routinely getting burnt. There is no bills fan upset about this right now. I just can’t believe he got so much money he is definitely not worth it

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    BB the GM, coach and NE’s D>>>>>Buffalo’s

    You dopes say this stuff every year and then you run out and overpay busts like Mario Williams or Marcel Dareus.

  42. tylawspick6 says: Mar 12, 2017 2:51 PM

    What do you predict for your Colts this upcoming season?

    ————-

    Why, a “participation” banner of course!

  43. sirgrinsley says: Mar 12, 2017 3:34 PM

    If he was worth that kind of money, Buffalo would have paid him.

    Just a remimder, New England won 3 superbowls on last second field goals. One was because Seattle made a terrible play call. The other because Atlanta made worse calls, throwing the ball with a 20 point lead. New England is good. But they pretty much lucked out on every ring they have. They never dominated in one super bowl. So in my opinion, they are a bit overrated.

  44. fishyinalittledishy says: Mar 12, 2017 3:37 PM

    This is terrible for us perineal offseason champions .Now BB want that title as well. Greedy BB

  45. sxk129 says: Mar 12, 2017 3:43 PM

    sirgrinsley says:
    Mar 12, 2017 3:34 PM
    If he was worth that kind of money, Buffalo would have paid him.

    Just a remimder, New England won 3 superbowls on last second field goals. One was because Seattle made a terrible play call. The other because Atlanta made worse calls, throwing the ball with a 20 point lead. New England is good. But they pretty much lucked out on every ring they have. They never dominated in one super bowl. So in my opinion, they are a bit overrated.

    ================================

    Mmmmm …. those sour grapes taste so sweet to me …

  46. popcherrycoke says: Mar 12, 2017 3:48 PM

    If he was worth that kind of money, Buffalo would have paid him.

    Just a remimder, New England won 3 superbowls on last second field goals. One was because Seattle made a terrible play call. The other because Atlanta made worse calls, throwing the ball with a 20 point lead. New England is good. But they pretty much lucked out on every ring they have. They never dominated in one super bowl. So in my opinion, they are a bit overrated
    _———-

    Woulda
    Shoulda
    Coulda

    Blah blah blah. If it was your team you’d be singing a different tune. You know it. I know it. Everyone knows it.
    5 rings sweetheart. That makes you so angry its hilarious.

  47. youknowiknowitall says: Mar 12, 2017 5:05 PM

    PS. No one in Buffalo cares that Gilmore is gone….
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    And nobody in NE cares what you think (yawn).

  48. youknowiknowitall says: Mar 12, 2017 5:10 PM

    New England is good. But they pretty much lucked out on every ring they have. They never dominated in one super bowl.
    ————
    But it sure beats losing EVERY time they play in the SB.

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