The NFL trade deadline is fast approaching, and some teams are still looking to buy talent as they prepare for a push for the playoffs. But one team that isn’t expected to sell its assets are the New England Patriots, specifically star cornerback and reigning Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, despite the Patriots’ 2-4 record through six games, New England is not expected to be overreactive or reactive at all at the trade deadline and that a trade for Stephon Gilmore, a two-time First Team All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler, is not feasible right now.
From @NFLGameDay: The #Patriots aren't expected to be sellers are the trade deadline, while Washington is open to dealing QB Dwayne Haskins for the right price. pic.twitter.com/yyqfONuwQE
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 1, 2020
The Patriots’ 2-4 record is their worst record through six games since 2000, with three straight losses to the Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, and San Francisco 49ers. The 30-year Gilmore, meanwhile, did not make the team’s trip to Buffalo to face the Bills on Sunday after injuring his knee in practice on Thursday, becoming a limited participant in the practice before missing the team’s Friday practice altogether.
The Patriots’ star cornerback has not yet reached the heights that he had last season. In six games, he has recorded just one interception, which game in New England’s Week 1 game against the Miami Dolphins just a year after being tied for having the most interceptions in the league.
Gilmore has just two passes deflected and one forced fumble, along with 20 combined tackles and 15 solo tackles, far from his numbers the season before, during which he was recognized as the league’s best defensive player.
The Patriots, however, seem like they aren’t ready to move from their star cornerback and the season just yet.