Patriots cut Stephon Gilmore

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Stephon Gilmore is about to hit free agency.

The Patriots have decided to cut Gilmore, who has been unhappy with his contract and has spent this season on the physically unable to perform list, Gilmore revealed on social media.

Although it was well known that the Patriots and Gilmore were far apart in contract talks, the decision to release him now comes as a complete surprise.

It’s unclear how soon Gilmore will be able to play after a quadriceps injury has sidelined him so far this season, but suffice to say that when he’s healthy, he’ll be a very attractive option for multiple NFL teams. Gilmore will likely want to play for a contender, and the Buccaneers are a team that have an obvious need at cornerback. Bucs coach Bruce Arians has stated that Tom Brady makes Tampa Bay an attractive free agent destination for veteran players, and Gilmore would surely have interest in joining his old teammate.

Gilmore, who will turn 32 this month, was the NFL’s defensive player of the year in 2019.

85 responses to “Patriots cut Stephon Gilmore

  1. Surprise but not a shocker. Gilmore was looking for a big bump in pay to make him one of the top paid DBs. But salary demands were occurring at the same time he was unable to get on the field to practice, let alone show he still Defensive Player of the Year contender.
    Pats should be OK in def backfield. The play upfront is the bigger concern.

  2. way to get absolutely zero back from a valuable asset. jeez, someone woould have easily given a 3rd rounder for the guy

  3. Especially with Jaire’s injury potentially long term, if this guy can play anytime soon, Pack need to move mountains to get him.

  4. I’m so annoyed when a guy says he won’t play for what he’s due to make this year ($7M for Gilmore), when they completely forget that they already got paid for some of this year in a signing bonus. I’d like to know where his $13M/yr average came in with other corners. These guys just look at that final paycheck and say it wasn’t enough, completely ignoring the fact that he got $18M just for signing his name on the contract.

  5. Off to the Gold Coast Patriots….the Buccaneers are in dire straits for secondary help.

  6. It’s always a money grab BB resurrected your career and put a ring on it. People said he overpaid when he rescued you from Buffalo. No gratitude.

  7. As long as he wouldn’t take the field to prove he was one hundred percent back, I was with Pats on not giving him his big pay day.
    Good luck Mr. Gilmore and thank you for your service.

  8. He would be a huge upgrade over Anthony Brown to line up opposite of Diggs in Dallas.

  9. Obviously the Pats doctors feel this quadriceps injury is more serious than most know.

    I wouldn’t touch this injured and soon to be 33 yr old CB. Not sure why the media is trying to make this some huge story. As if the Rams cut Jalen Ramsey.

  10. Huh, can’t say I see a reason why they shouldn’t have shopped him for a late round pick at least. But, BB typically parts ways/releases well respected veterans so they can go to a place ‘of their choosing.’ Perhaps it’s the latter

  11. You aren’t getting any younger Jerry. This might be your last chance at the ole glory hole. Empty the vault and send the jet up there to meet him. Leave McCarthy at home.

  12. Is his injury worse than thought? If they really do cut him, it would likely only be if they couldn’t trade him. The only reason I could see that teams wouldn’t pick up his salary would be if he couldn’t play sufficient snaps this season.

  13. not everyone is swimming in cap space and he wants to be paid. a 1 year deal with somebody not tampa bay incoming. packers, browns, seahawks, chargers, panthers

  14. ‘Bucs coach Bruce Arians has stated that Tom Brady makes Tampa Bay an attractive free agent destination for veteran players…’

    The NFL is becoming the NBA and it sucks. Getting harder and harder to care anymore. Thank God for the NHL

  15. With Mullen and Arnette both hurt if this is one of those phantom injuries the team designate players with till they can trade him but hes actually healthy then i would love my Raiders to pair him with Heyward Jr 2 veterans holding it down until Mullen comes back.👌

  16. He wasn’t going to play unless he got a new contract and there is no place for that crap in new England.

  17. What are the odds that Brady has already called Gilmore to commiserate & sell Tampa as a great stop, no state taxes, sunny weather, year-round back-yard pool for the kids, & great way-stop on the way to retirement?

  18. Tampa or Seattle but it’s clear Gilmore wanted out of the Patriots. Been the case since the year began.

  19. Why is it always assumed that when a player gets cut that is known to be very good, its because they couldn’t trade him?

    There are teams who definitely could use Gilmore, so when something like this happens and said team just flat out cuts them, there is more to it. I would bet Gilmore’s injury status is more of a concern than meets the eye.

  20. Speaking as a Pats fan . . . I just hate how little loyalty they often have for people who have given their heart and soul to the team. Stephon earned better treatment than this.

  21. Two reasons why they didn’t trade him post weeks 6:

    1. As noted above, Belichick has a history of releasing veterans but that’s not universal

    2. It’s likely he refused to play without a new deal and clouded it by not saying he was healthy.

  22. Does Tampa have unlimited money?? Seems to never run out and they can keep adding good players.. sheesh!

  23. bajer says:
    October 6, 2021 at 8:23 am
    way to get absolutely zero back from a valuable asset. jeez, someone woould have easily given a 3rd rounder for the guy

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    I don’t know about that. Teams usually don’t trade for guys who are on the PUP list, 32 years old and in a known contract dispute without proving they are healthy. Granted, it wasn’t known he’d get cut but patience is proving to pay off as the team that gets him will pay a fraction of the cost without giving up any draft capital. On it’s surface, Gilmore is certainly worthy more than a 3rd rounder but he played his leverage well and will get paid at the end of the season as a result.

  24. Contract negotiations with Gilmore were going nowhere.

    I think he is healthy but dogging it a little in hopes of a new contract.

    The Pats want to sign Jamie Collins, I don’t know if they have the cap space. This move might be to free up some cap money. See if they turn around and sign Collins in the next few days.

  25. In the last year of his contract, so it is a bit crazy he wasn’t traded, unless other teams think he is damaged goods.

  26. His quad hasn’t responded so he has no trade value like he thinks.

    Bucs have no way of affording him up agains the cap. He has already said he wants more than 7 mil per.

    Good luck!

  27. Tom Brady will recruit him. Talk him into taking a one-year prove it deal with a chance to win a ring. And then get paid next year in FA.

    The rich get richer.

  28. Gilmore didn’t want to play without a new deal. Now he likely will get to play for a contender and become a free agent for one more big contract. He’s 31. Its understandable the Pats didn’t want to pay him. He was awesome but its hard to picture him being worth a 3-4 year deal. Shame BB didn’t see this coming earlier as he had trade offers for him in the off season.

  29. The fact they tried and could not trade him suggests there could be more to this injury. I say this because if the prospect of having his on field performance is available some team would have swung some way to grab at him. No one making that grab makes me wonder what on field performance is actually looking available.

    And if we are talking about a 32 soon to be 33 year old player currently unable to pass a physical to get on the field then what future value does that offer? Sure the past value has been huge, but his current contract demands are being made against future value and I can see how the Pats, and maybe a few other teams, are not willing to pay what he is asking for that future value.

  30. He averaged $13 mil a year and is currently recovering from injury. Even Revis Island only made it to age 33. MANY people thought NE was nuts for signing him for $65mil. Turns out they knew what they were doing. I trust they do now. In Bill we Trust.

  31. chrisb says:
    October 6, 2021 at 8:17 am
    Need details. Why couldn’t they trade him?

    Age 31 Cornerback coming off quadricep surgery in December, asking to get paid like it was 2019 version of himself….. do the math

  32. Brady restructures his deal and BOOM…cap space issue is solved. Please come to Tampa Stephon!!!

  33. The Buccaneers desperately need him and I would love to see it happen but the whole reason he sat out was because he wants to get serious money and unless they get really creative or he accepts a smaller contract just to play with Brady and compete for SB opportunity again I don’t see it happening. Hope I am wrong!

  34. The days of people taking pay cuts to play for New England are long gone. It made sense when they had a great QB who made them Super Bowl contenders, but playing in New England now just means playing for a below average coach who’s perpetually in a bad mood and treats men like children.

  35. Not too much spin can be put on this – the Pats are worse for it.

    They got no return. They could have had a top tier secondary…now they don’t.

    It’s almost like they decided that at 1-3, they don’t really have a chance of contending this season.

  36. The fact they tried and could not trade him suggests there could be more to this injury.
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    If he was flying around the country, getting checked out by interested teams, we would have heard about it already.

  37. RogerThat! says:
    October 6, 2021 at 8:43 am
    It’s always a money grab BB resurrected your career and put a ring on it. People said he overpaid when he rescued you from Buffalo. No gratitude.
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    This is a business not a loyalty club. And loyalty is a two way street.

  38. The Pats want to sign Jamie Collins, I don’t know if they have the cap space. This move might be to free up some cap money. See if they turn around and sign Collins in the next few days.
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    They lost cap space by cutting Gilmore. His bonuses amounted to just under $9mil.

  39. Now they are saying that the Patriots may be trying to trade him. Bucs trade Ronald Jones for Gilmore. Patriots need a RB since White is out. Make it happen Licht!!!

  40. chrisb says:
    October 6, 2021 at 8:17 am
    Need details. Why couldn’t they trade him?

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    You would have to find a team willing to give up something. Also there is the possibility that he would refuse to show up without the promise of a new contract being worked out. That all follows that he would be able to pass a physical to qualify to be traded.

  41. joetoronto says:
    October 6, 2021 at 10:26 am
    The days of people taking pay cuts to play for New England are long gone. It made sense when they had a great QB who made them Super Bowl contenders, but playing in New England now just means playing for a below average coach who’s perpetually in a bad mood and treats men like children.

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    A “below average coach” with 8 rings and 2 gameplans in the Hall of Fame? How does that work?

  42. It would have been nice to see a healthy Gilmore in the backfield again strengthening what is already a solid group. That said, there was no way he was part of the their long term plans so if it wasn’t now it would’ve happened after the season. Wherever he lands, I don’t thinks his new contract will have the years or money that he’s looking for.

  43. I can’t believe that they are getting nothing for him. Unbelievable. The guy is only 2 years removed from DPOY. The Patriots really make you scratch your head with these moves. Just let one of the best CB’s walk out the door.

  44. Holmgren’s frozen ‘stache says:
    October 6, 2021 at 10:48 am
    The Pats want to sign Jamie Collins, I don’t know if they have the cap space. This move might be to free up some cap money. See if they turn around and sign Collins in the next few days.
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    They lost cap space by cutting Gilmore. His bonuses amounted to just under $9mil.
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    Actually the Pats freed up $5.8 million in cap space by cutting Gilmore.

  45. I love how Bill cuts a guy and everyones mad at or bashing him.
    Good gawd it was really easy for Gilmore to get paid, prove you’re worth it by actually taking the field. He was actually playing below star level before he injured his quad. Then he wants to get paid but doesn’t want to prove he’s worth the money.
    Pats did try trade him if you paid attention in the off-season. Bill did him a solid by cutting him. Add that the corner the Pats are going to have to pay is Jackson. Gilmore will get overpaid somewhere else.

  46. All you folks complaining about player holdouts saying: “Honor your contract!” Where are you now? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Hey Patriots, hey Cowboys: Honor your contracts!

  47. Bill doesn’t want ‘me first’ guys in NE. Gilmore has apparently turned into one of those. Good riddance.

  48. Belichick is famous for releasing star vets one year too soon but BB usually gets something for the veteran star. This has the feel of a Bill O’Brien knucklehead move.

    Or if the rumors are true that BB benched Malcolm Butler in the SB because Butler had a heated argument with Matt Patricia, maybe Patricia is to blame for this too.

  49. Gilmore was out in 2020 and 2019. Hard to blame Belichick for not trading him in 2019, a year they won the division and Brady was also at risk of leaving.

  50. It was not salary cap related they shave 9.5 off of it when the cut Cam Newton. They still have plenty of room.

  51. Damaged goods, with all the teams that are desperate for a DB (Niners if they are not throwing away the season with starting Lance, Seahawks have none, Tampa’s are all hurt along with the Raiders, Dallas only has one decent one, etc) that any of those teams that are looking for a one year rental, especially Seattle, would have traded for him on flyer to see if he could still play. Sherman looked like he had the speed of a 90 year old guy, absolutely awful, Gilmore couldn’t be any worse unless he can no longer run.

  52. Bearfan54 says:
    October 6, 2021 at 12:34 pm
    Can the Bears afford this guy if they cut Nagy?

    You win! LOL

  53. Without the full details being released it sure looks like another piss poor Patriot personnel decision. Big egos at work.

  54. To the good folks asking about his injury, you can lay money that this release made him immediately healthy. He never had an injury. This was a “hold-in.” It’s all about the money. He wants more of it.

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