We're midway through the offseason as training camp is right around the corner. However, there are still some notable names remaining in the NFL free agency with Stephon Gilmore being one of them. The veteran cornerback recently revealed his thought process while still being a free agent.

From the sounds of it, Gilmore is in a good place mentally despite the lack of attention he's received this offseason, per Nick O'Malley of MassLive. The veteran cornerback claims he's remaining patient for the right opportunity to come.

“Being patient right now. I feel good, Year 13, been playing a long time. So I'm just being patient and waiting for the right opportunity.”

With that said, Stephon Gilmore is not against a potential return with the New England Patriots. But at the end of the day, it's up to the franchise to decide whether or not they want to sign him. Gilmore shut down any notion that he's been in contact with the Patriots at all through free agency. Here's what he had to say about a possible reunion with New England.

“You never know. I'll weigh any options. This is a place that I played great ball, so just letting it play out how it's gonna be.”

Stephon Gilmore has played 12 seasons in the NFL and aims to play his 13th in 2024. He's a true veteran of the sport and has been considered one of the best cornerbacks in the league throughout most of his career. Any team that signs him would be getting a veteran leader who can still contribute to the team.

Throughout his career, Gilmore has recorded an impressive 561 total tackles, 31 interceptions, seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and two defensive touchdowns. He won the Defensive Player of the Year award for his efforts in 2019. Additionally, Stephon Gilmore played for the Dallas Cowboys last season.

Who should sign Stephon Gilmore?

Stephon Gilmore
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The Indianapolis Colts stand out as a potential suitor for Stephon Gilmore as they're in dire need of another cornerback. He'd likely fit right into the defense and contribute right away. At the very least, he could serve as a nice one or two-year option at the position until the front office finds a more long-term answer.

Another team that would make sense is the Patriots. New England should have a solid defense next season and Stephon Gilmore could be a great addition. However, it's not clear if this franchise is interested in signing him to the roster. Especially with a new head coach running the show.

Gilmore should garner more interest in free agency as training camp draws closer. A potential injury could open up a roster spot and it's hard to believe any other cornerbacks on the market are a better option than Stephon Gilmore. Ideally, Gilmore is signed between mid-July and early-August. But only time will tell how it plays out.