Patriots plan to sign Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore, according to reports

Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) defends during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) defends during the first half against the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. –Bill Wippert/AP Photo

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With NFL free agency officially underway, the Patriots aren’t wasting any time in making adjustments to their roster.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore is expected to sign a five-year contract with New England.

In the 2016 regular season, Gilmore started in 15 games for Bills, recording five interceptions for 135 yards and 42 tackles. The 26-year-old will be joining current active cornerbacks, Malcolm Butler and Cyrus Jones, in the Patriots secondary.

NFL’s Ian Rapoport reports that Gilmore’s impending signing indicates that the team plans to part ways with defensive back Logan Ryan.

Rapoport also reports that Gilmore is expected to receive $14 million per year. Only four other cornerbacks in the league currently boast an annual salary higher than $14 million.

Notably, the 6’1″-190-pound star was selected 10th overall in the 2012 draft by the Bills and posted the third-best 40-yard dash time for his class (4.40 seconds).

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