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Social Media Roundup, A Timeline: Stephon Gilmore Traded To Panthers

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Social Media Roundup, A Timeline: Stephon Gilmore Traded To PanthersJoe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots made surprising news on Wednesday when it was revealed cornerback Stephon Gilmore was traded to the Carolina Panthers for a 2023 sixth-round pick.

For most of this year, the Patriots tried to work out a restructured contract with Gilmore. He was scheduled to earn $7 million this season and was in the final year of a five-year, $65 million contract he signed in 2017 as a free agent.

The motivation behind Gilmore seeking a new deal was largely due to an offseason that saw the cornerback market explode, most notably Jalen Ramey’s record-setting five-year, $100 million deal with the Los Angeles Rams, and Gilmore was looking to get into the category of the game’s highest-paid corners.

“I just want what I’m worth, however that plays out. Every player should be paid what they’re worth. That’s just how it is,” Gilmore said in July. “Hopefully we can find some common ground and get it situated.”

Common ground between the Patriots and Gilmore never materialized.

Fast forward to Wednesday, a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter initially had the Patriots releasing Gilmore after previous trade talks with other teams broke down.

Gilmore and his wife Gabrielle each later confirmed the report with messages over their social media accounts.

 

Prior to his 12:15pm (all times EST) press conference, head coach Bill Belichick released the following statement addressing Gilmore’s release.

With the Patriots only having until 4 pm to make a last-minute trade before the release could become official, the team found a partner in Gilmore’s hometown Panthers just after 1 pm.

By trading Gilmore, the Patriots created an additional $5.8 million in space because Gilmore wasn’t on the 53-man roster but instead was on the PUP list according to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss.

In addition, Reiss explained, “that players on the PUP aren’t guaranteed their salary through termination pay until they are on the 53-man roster”. So the Patriots will also save the last 13 weeks of Gilmore’s salary and roster bonuses.

Gilmore has not played an NFL game since week 15 of the 2020 season when he suffered a partially torn quad and later had surgery done to repair it. According to reports on Wednesday, the quad is now fully healthy.

With the Gilmore chapter in New England officially over, the Patriots will turn to J.C. Jackson and Jalen Mills to continue leading at the cornerback position. Jonathan Jones, Shaun Wade, and Joejuan Williams round out the current cornerback depth chart.

Gilmore departs the Patriots after four very productive seasons with the franchise.

During his Foxboro tenure, Gilmore was named to four Pro Bowls, two first-team All-Pro awards, and was honored with the 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. During Super Bowl 53, Gilmore sealed the Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl title with a key fourth-quarter interception.


Posted Under: Patriots News
Tags: Benjamin Watson Bill Belichick David Andrews Devin McCourty Jalen Mills Joejuan Williams Jonathan Jones Julian Edelman Shaun Wade Stephon Gilmore


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