Stephon Gilmore trade is reportedly a ‘foregone conclusion’ according to most GMs

"A trade still seems like an eventuality."

Stephon Gilmore might have already played his last game with the Patriots.
Stephon Gilmore might have already played his last game with the Patriots. –Elise Amendola/AP Photo

Most general managers believe it’s a foregone conclusion that the Patriots will trade star cornerback Stephon Gilmore this offseason, according to CBS Sports reporter Jason La Canfora.

Gilmore – who was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2019 – had a turbulent 2020, as he tested positive for COVID-19, dealt with a leg injury, and ended up playing in just 11 games on the season.

With the Patriots struggling, and Gilmore’s production dwindling, his name started surfacing as a potential centerpiece in a trade. Nothing materialized last year, but La Canfora is confident it’s just a matter of time.

“I haven’t heard anything about a contract extension,” La Canfora wrote, “so a trade still seems like an eventuality.”

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La Canfora said the 30-year-old Gilmore will “garner plenty of interest,” and he listed the Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, and New York Giants as potential destinations. He projected a specific trade in which Gilmore joins the Browns in exchange for a 2021 third-round pick and 2022 fourth-round pick.

Gilmore is entering the final year of his deal with the Patriots and is set to hit the team’s salary cap for $15 million in 2021. La Canfora indicated that the Patriots may not be in a position to give him what he desires.

He called Gilmore one of the best corners in the league – arguably the best – and said the Patriots should be able to get “a quality piece or two” in return. It’s possible a trade could happen soon, and also realistic something could materialize around the NFL Draft in late April-early May.

“If they’re not interested in offering him another multi-year deal to his liking — trying to get assets in return for losing him makes sense,” La Canfora said.

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