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Report: Patriots asking for massive haul in Stephon Gilmore trade

Stephon Gilmore, Patriots, Bill Belichick

The New England Patriots are willing to part ways with star cornerback Stephon Gilmore, albeit for a steep price tag. The team is reportedly asking for a first-round pick along with a player in exchange for the 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, according to ESPN‘s Dianna Russini.

Gilmore has tallied a total of 20 tackles, two passes defended, a forced fumble, and an interception through six games played for the Patriots this season. Despite his productivity in the secondary, the Patriots have struggled to snag wins because of their poor offense. New England has lost four games in a row to drop to 2-5 on the season.

The former South Carolina standout last played in their Week 7 game against the San Francisco 49ers, tallying six total tackles in a 33-6 defeat. The Patriots continued their losing skid without him in Week 8 due to a nagging knee injury as the team narrowly succumbed to the Buffalo Bills, 24-21.

The Patriots’ performance in the 2020 season has been a far cry from their dominance over the past two decades. Of course, the departure of quarterback Tom Brady looms large, with Cam Newton and the offense struggling in recent weeks after a good start. With the team out of sorts, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is listening to trade offers in search of valuable assets that can be of good use for them in the future.

With the trade deadline only hours away, Patriots fans are waiting to see whether Gilmore will remain in their corner for the remainder of the season or not.