How will Stephon Gilmore situation play out?

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Last year, the Patriots gave cornerback Stephon Gilmore more money by moving a large chunk of his 2021 salary to 2020. Now that it’s 2021, that money is gone — and Gilmore wants it to be replaced, and then some.

So what will the Patriots do about it? In his excellent weekly look at all things Patriotic, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com considers the team’s precedent in such matters.

Most recently, the team placated the likes of tight end Rob Gronkowski and quarterback Tom Brady with incentive packages. It’s much easier to do that with offensive players who rack up various forms of stats. For defensive players, the options are limited. As to cornerbacks, the most significant stat — interceptions — first requires the opposing quarterback to challenge the player by throwing a ball in his direction.

Thus, in order to go that route, the Patriots may have to get creative, using factors like playing time or higher-end stats like passer rating when targeted, for example. Even then, it may not be enough.

As Reiss notes, defensive lineman Richard Seymour drew a line in the sand in 2006 with one year left on his rookie contract, and he got a market-level deal. Receiver Deion Branch, who also wanted more in 2006, turned a nasty holdout into a trade.

Whether Gilmore holds out depends at this point on whether the Patriots can come up with some way to make him happy. Incentive packages he may or may not ever earn may not get it done. Also, with fellow cornerback J.C. Jackson also due to become a free agent in March, the Patriots should hope to emerge from the Gilmore situation with at least one of them — Jackson or Gilmore — committed well beyond 2021.

Given their depth at the position, it could make sense to trade Gilmore and extend Jackson. Trade chatter emerged as to Gilmore near the deadline last year, but a knee injury pulled the plug on the possibility. The possibility looms, if Gilmore wants significantly more than the Patriots will pay.

17 responses to “How will Stephon Gilmore situation play out?

  1. Gilmore is a mercenary. No more, no less. He played for a sorry Bills team for 5 years and left for the Patriots. Five years, 2 Super Bowl appearances and a terrific career. At 31 he is past his prime. Pats, trade him back to Buffalo. It’s his only chance to see another Super Bowl…

  2. It will play out with a dominating victory over TB12 and the Bucs on 10/3, culminating in yet another Patriots Super Bowl Championship and the first undefeated season since ‘72.

  3. The greatest cornerback season ever was in 2003, when Champ Bailey had ten interceptions and 8 passes completed against him.

    That year Jason Taylor got the defensive player year on only 12 sacks, mostly because he wasn’t a cornerback and he looked like a male model.

  4. Jason Taylor won NFL DOY in 2006, not 2003.
    And he had 13.5 sacks
    9 Forced Fumbles
    5 Fumble Recoveries
    2 INTs
    2 TDs

    It was a monster season and as great of season Bailey had, Taylor was totally deserving of this award.
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    hess97 says:
    July 18, 2021 at 11:47 am
    The greatest cornerback season ever was in 2003, when Champ Bailey had ten interceptions and 8 passes completed against him.

    That year Jason Taylor got the defensive player year on only 12 sacks, mostly because he wasn’t a cornerback and he looked like a male model.

  5. In the end Gilmore has very little leverage. In order to get a big contract next year in free agency he needs to play well this year, therefore he needs to be on the field. Coach Belichick, who will need the money to re-sign other players next year, will not break the bank for Stephon. Stephon did not play up to his compensation level last year.

  6. It is also feasible that the knee still isn’t right, BB knows it and will stiff some team in a trade. Said new team will then pony up for SG24 in a 3 year deal and will watch him go to IR after about Week 5.

    BB will use one pick on his replacement and package the other for a linebacker. The money saved on SG24 will go for a key free agent.

    That’s how it’s done.

  7. This one guy grumpy Billy will actually write the check for. Can’t run any semblance of his defense without a shutdown corner. Let the SB QB walk, keep the cb.

  8. This is a VERY easy fix. The Pats give Gilmore $5MM in incentives that are tied simply to playing time or games played and that’s it. Gilmore has VERY little inn the way of leverage. I know he wants “one last big deal, but that would be very dumb for the Pats to do.

    The list of 32 year old all pro corners just isn’t a short one. It’s non-existent. If Gilmore wants a long term deal from the Pats it should reflect on the fact that he should be paid as solid NFL starter NOT as an elite CB, because he won’t be that any more. Maybe he can reach an elite level as a FS down the road, but its NOT going to be at CB.

    While he was an elite CB over the last 4 years, he was paid as one. He signed, at the time, at top 3 CB contract and will be paid EVERY penny of it, and very likely more.

    This isn’t close to the Seymour situation as he was coming off his rookie deal. Nor is is like Branch’s situation. This is a relatively older player for his position who is coming off a s serious injury and will likely have to start the season on PUP and might not be fully healthy until September (we hope). Who is makihng a trade now evem if there were a market.

  9. Its doubtful that the patriots are anywhere near superbowl contention starting Newton or Jones this year so if they can deal him for decent draft capital they should/would but they likely havent gotten any decent offers. It just doesnt make sense for any team to give up a 2nd or a 3rd round pick for a corner turning 31 who they then would have to give a large new contract to upon trading for.

  10. Last season was an aberrational year for New England. The details on what led to 7-9 are well known. The sidetracked dynasty will move again to the main line in 2021. As for Gilmore, who knows what will happen. Too many variables. But, bottom line, in the hoodie we trust.

  11. mhouser1922 says:
    July 18, 2021 at 5:40 pm
    Last season was an aberrational year for New England. The details on what led to 7-9 are well known.

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    They are. The leader of the team left and went to win the SB for Tampa Bay while BB flailed around all season trying to figure out what was going on

  12. “ BB will use one pick on his replacement and package the other for a linebacker. The money saved on SG24 will go for a key free agent.

    That’s how it’s done.”

    Why aren’t you a GM? There Must be a reason. You have an interesting take on how this will all play out, but I am not convinced this is how it’s done. I think that knee will keep his market value down. A CB who might not be able to cut isn’t a bargain at any price. Teams are leary of deals like this.

  13. Players like this should get a tremendous karma payback. I hope he is unemployed and finds a good woman to settle down with him as his wife and she clocks him with a wine bottle and knocks out his front teeth.

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