Stephon Gilmore to the Patriots? OBJ Back to Los Angeles?

After splitting his latest contract (a two-year deal) between the Colts and Cowboys, Gilmore appears to be entering the one-year deal portion of his career. It's certainly still serviceable. Last season, he recorded 13 passes defended, two interceptions, a higher-than-expected quality completion percentage allowed (-5.6%) and expected target points added of -10.5, according to Next Gen Stats. A contender in need of an experienced cornerback could benefit from his presence, but let's not simply pick a spot for Gilmore to chase another ring. New England is a good fit because of what he could bring to his former employer, which offers plenty of familiarity in the form of defensive coordinator DeMarcus Covington (a former assistant during Gilmore's time there) and Gilmore's former teammate, Dont'a Hightower, who will work under coach Jerrod Mayo as players' coach. Midline. Gilmore could share his lengthy NFL experience with youngster Christian Gonzalez, who the Patriots consider New England's next great cornerback. Who better to show the way than Gilmore, who was named New England Defensive Player of the Year in 2019? The only downside to this pairing: it probably won't involve a title quest.

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