Stephon Gilmore has been a cornerstone for the stellar Patriots defence ever since he came to Foxborough. But after 4 seasons and 2 Super Bowls, Gilmore’s time in New England may be coming to an end.
Stephen Gilmore signed with the New England Patriots after his first Pro Bowl season in 2016. Since then Gilmore has become the pillar surrounding the Patriots secondary.
The 30-year-old made 3 straight Pro Bowls between 2018 and 2020 and was also named an All-Pro in back to back seasons in 2018-19. Gilmore also won the DPOY in 2019, becoming the first corner to win since Charles Woodson in 2009.
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Stephon Gilmore isn’t sure about his future.
After a season that the Patriots underperformed in, in 2020, Gilmore has been a subject of trade rumours ever since it ended. The cornerback is about to enter the last year of his five-year contract, but turns 31 in September and is slated to count $15.8 million against the cap.
While Gilmore doesn’t have full clarity on his future, he said on Monday he “for sure” wants to stay with New England.“That stuff will play out as it will,” Gilmore said, via Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. “I just try to take it day by day, and that’s all I can do.”
Gilmore replied, “It’s out of my control” when asked how he deals with the uncertainty. And Gilmore didn’t directly say whether he thinks he deserves a new contract. “You’ve got to leave it in their hands,” Gilmore said. “Of course, I know what type of player I am, what type of person I am. I let everything lay on its own.”
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Stephon Gilmore is set to hit free agency in 2022. Lined up opposite the younger J.C. Jackson in New England’s defense, Gilmore remains the Patriots’ top corner and will be expected to play accordingly as he has for the entirety of his time in New England. However, it might not be a surprise if he leaves to play for a team with deeper pockets after next season.