Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal
Gilmore has one more big contract. He's not going to risk injury this year and play for $7M. Perhaps the patriots would just let him sit the year out. More likely, they will give him more money or trade him.
This is silly. He is (would be) playing for the contract he signed, not for 7M. The $ they paid upfront for this season does not just disappear.
He has 40M cap hit over last 2 years combined. 20M apy. His 2021 $ is c. 16M (9M already paid, 7M salary remaining, 500K roster bonuses)
And the cap went down. His play went down.
Kyle Fuller signed for 1y/9.5M. He is 29. That is the reality of this years market.
Gilmore was injured, didn't finish the season, had surgery. I don't see how $ will be an issue for 2021.
Extension in this circumstances is difficult, for both sides. If he waits and plays well he can possibly get more next year.
Although market for 32 y old corners is not great..
Possible trade will be about opportunity. And it will have to be a good one. He is key piece of D, his absence would have significant domino effect throughout not only secondary but whole D. And at the end of Free Agency that will not be easy to replace.