Patriots’ Stephon Gilmore speaks out after not being traded at deadline despite rumors
Stephon Gilmore was a name that popped up in trade discussions ahead of the NFL trade deadline, but the New England Patriots won’t be moving him this year.
With the trade deadline passing, Gilmore spoke out on the trade rumors involving him:
Just spoke to #Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore who had no worries throughout the trade deadline. Gilmore said he had, "no thoughts really" on trade scuttlebutt today. He added, "I'm happy and blessed" and feels "fine…no difference" after his bout with CoVID19.
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Coming into the season, the Patriots knew it was going to be an interesting season with Tom Brady departing in free agency. While Cam Newton showed promise in the first three weeks, New England has lost four consecutive games, putting them at 2-5 on the season.
Seeing that the Patriots will need a miraculous turnaround, some wondered whether or not Bill Belichick and company would be buyers or sellers at the deadline. In light of that, Gilmore’s name became a popular one that was discussed as a possible trade candidate.
However, it was revealed on Tuesday that the Patriots were looking for a first-round pick and more if they were going to part ways with Gilmore. Even though he was last year’s Defensive Player of the Year, Gilmore is 30 years old and has a $17.1 million cap hit in 2021.
So far this season, Gilmore has contributed 20 tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble in six starts. Besides dealing with COVID-19 earlier this season, the All-Pro cornerback is currently dealing with a knee injury that sidelined him in Week 8.
When hearing their names ahead of the trade deadline, some players may feel one way or the other. On the other hand, Gilmore never seemed concerned about whether or not he was going to remain with the Patriots.