Patriots trade Stephon Gilmore to Panthers: All-Pro CB expected to make Carolina debut in Week 7 vs. Giants


The Carolina Panthers have actually made a substantial addition in the secondary. On Wednesday, the Panthers revealed that they had actually traded a 2023 sixth-round choice to the New England Patriots in exchange for star cornerback Stephon Gilmore. 

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones reported that the Rock Hill, South Carolina, native had interest in playing near to house, and Carolina had the ability to swing an offer for the 31-year-old who was the 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, a two-time first-team All-Pro, a four-time Pro Bowl choice and Super Bowl LIII champ.  

It was reported Wednesday early morning that the Patriots prepared to launch Gilmore as they and his camp might not concern terms on a reorganized agreement. There was constantly the possibility that he might be traded prior to the relocation ended up being main at 4 p.m. ET, nevertheless, which’s precisely what occurred. This is not the very first addition the Panthers have actually made in the secondary, as they likewise traded for cornerback C.J. Henderson from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Carolina has actually suffered a number of injuries in the secondary, as the Panthers lost first-round choice corner Jaycee Horn to a damaged foot and security Juston Burris to a groin injury.

Gilmore has actually not played this season, as he tore his quad in Week 15 in 2015 and opened 2021 on the puppy list. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Gilmore is qualified to come off the puppy list after Week 6. GM Scott Fitterer informed press reporters Wednesday that he anticipates Gilmore to come off puppy at that point and be prepared to play Week 7 vs. the Giants. The Panthers presently have the No. 3 defense in the league in regards to overall backyards enabled per video game, and they are wanting to keep that speed.

Gilmore was initially picked with the No. 10 total choice in the 2012 NFL Draft out of South Carolina by the Buffalo Bills. After 5 seasons in Buffalo, he signed with the Pats in totally free company ahead of the 2017 season. In 124 profession video games, Gilmore has actually taped 114 passes defensed and 25 interceptions. He is going into the last year of his agreement, so an extension is something to watch on — a minimum of down the roadway. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Gilmore and the Panthers are open to him playing out the last year of his offer at $5.8 million. Joe Person of The Athletic backed this up, stating that this deal is not a “trade and sign” scenario. 

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