According to sources, the New England Patriots are releasing All-Pro corner Stephon Gilmore. Gilmore began the 2021 season on the PUP list after tearing his quad in Week 15 of last year and having offseason surgery. He is not eligible to return until Week 7 of this season. The patriots tried to renegotiate Gilmore’s contract but were unable to come to terms.
Gilmore says his goodbyes on social media.
“It is with mixed emotions that I announce goodbye to this great fan base. We enjoyed so much success together, and you have been an incredible inspiration for my individual achievements. Thank you for supporting this Rock Hill kid and allowing him to achieve his NFL dreams.
To Mr. Kraft, the coaches, and the organization, thank you for providing me with this platform and allowing me to be part of greatness. Most of all, I want to thank my teammates who lined up next to me every Sunday with one goal in mind. Those moments on and off the field; will never be forgotten.”
The 4x Pro Bowler will have a multitude of interests and among those interests is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Josina Anderson. The Bucs are low on cap space, but no one can discount what cap gurus Mike Greenberg and Jason Licht can accomplish when their minds are put together. The Bucs did just recently acquire All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman last week for 1.2 million.
Stephon Gilmore is a 4× Pro Bowler, 2010s All-Decade Team, NFL interceptions co-leader, 2× First-team All-Pro, NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2019, and a Super Bowl Champion.
During his 9 year career, he’s played in 124 games, starting in 122 of them, recording 25 interceptions for 452 yards and 2 touchdowns, 114 passes defended, 6 forced fumbles, 3 fumbles recovered, 1 sack, and 411 total tackles.