With the Patriots sitting at 2-4, 3rd in the AFC East, there have been some trade rumors involving All-Pro CB Stephon Gilmore. I'm not really one to buy into rumors, but I could definitely see why there could be a trade. In this article, I will dive into why he could be traded, where he could go, and a few possible trade scenarios.
Gilmore is the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and is also a 3 time Pro Bowler, twice with New England, and once with the Bills, as well as being an All-Pro in 2018 and 2019 with the Pats. Gilmore since joining the Patriots has emerged as the leagues best CB, surpassing the likes of Jalen Ramsey, Tre'Davious White, and Richard Sherman. Gilly has been spectacular during his tenure with the Patriots, but now with the Pats showing signs that they aren't the same team without Brady, it may be time to move on. Gilmore is 30, who's cap hit 25 million this season, and 17 million next season, so if they want a Gilmore trade, now makes sense.
Possible destinations for Gilmore are Tampa Bay, Detroit, and Tennessee. From the Buccaneers, I'd like to see the Patriots try and squeeze out one of the Buccaneers's 3 young CBS, Jamal Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting, or Carlton Davis, as well as a draft pick. From Detroit and Tennessee, I'd expect similar packages, made around draft picks rather than players. An ideal package for Gilmore from Detroit, could be something like a 2nd and a 3rd rounder, with CB Daryl Roberts. From the Titans, I'd like them to try and get a WR, probably not AJ Brown, but maybe Corey Davis and a late round pick. More realistically, they could get a 2nd and a 3rd, as well as CB Chris Jackson or CB Tye Smith.
Stephon Gilmore is the best CB in the NFL, and you're probably expecting teams to give up a little bit more, but if you look at the players who were traded for a 1st rounder since 2018, the oldest was a 27 year old Khalil Mack. Gilmore is 30, and while he may be the best at his position, they won't get top compensation. With that said, the Patriots could definitely trade him, and get something useful in return for him. My personal opinion, is that the Patriots should wait until the off-season before dealing him, to see if they can turn their season around, before trading their best player.