Stephon Gilmore: This is a place I always wanted to play

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Cornerback Stephon Gilmore didn’t get to pick his new team because the Patriots traded him rather than releasing him, but the destination may have been the same either way.

Gilmore is from Rock Hill, South Carolina and grew up as a Panthers fan, so it wasn’t a surprise that he said on Thursday that he would have considered signing with the Panthers if he’d become a free agent earlier this week. Gilmore said he “always dreamed about” playing for his childhood favorites one day.

“This is a place I always wanted to play,” Gilmore said, via the team’s website. “Looking at the team and what they’ve got, the potential. Obviously, you have to put in a lot of hard work to get to where you want to go. For sure, I think it was a great opportunity I would come here.”

Gilmore won’t be able to make his first appearance for the team until he’s eligible to come off the PUP list in Week Seven. He said he’ll be “just taking it a day at a time” until he can be activated and throw on the jersey he’s had his eyes on for many years.

9 responses to “Stephon Gilmore: This is a place I always wanted to play

  1. We don’t miss him in Buffalo one bit. Everyone hits WR’s with the diva label, but Gilmore is the very definition of it.
    Enjoy your rental Carolina. He’ll cry for more money and be gone in the off-season.

  2. How is he a diva? He’s 32, had a quad injury – and his specialty is speed and quickness, which will definitely be impacted to some degree. NE didn’t want to raise his $13 mil comp, probably wanted to reduce it with an incentives contract (“show us you still have it”). Gilmore would rather not. Both agreed not happening, plus NE has some decent corners already and needed cap space for another LB (collins). Is just a transaction with a PUP player.

  3. i still wish carolina took him in the draft. wouldve allowed keuchly to be taken by the bills

  4. Gilmour is a class act and was a great player for the Pats. Won a ring and DPOY. Never tried to negotiate in the press, like 99% of players and their agents. He and the PTs disagreed on his worth going forward. Finen, it’s a business. Pats, I believe,are top 3 against the pass. It’s the least of their problems. Now they pay JC Jackson. Gilmour goes home. Win/Win. Except they should have got more.

  5. “[Insert place here] is a place I always wanted to play after they signed my paycheck.”

  6. @gronkhof
    I watched Gilmore blow coverage assignments and then point at his teammates in Buffalo countless times – but only when he was dogging it on the field because he was pouting about his contract. And now he’s suddenly healthy for Carolina after being “injured” for the Pats earlier in the season – again, while he was pouting about his contract.


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