It’s not every day that a team trades the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Then again, this year has had anything and everything occur, so nothing should come as a surprise.
Gilmore has one year remaining on his contract and it doesn’t seem likely that he will be back in New England once his contract is up. If there is a team out there that wishes to acquire, the Patriots would get good compensation in return.
The Pats moved money around from 2021 to 2020 for Gilmore as a “raise” and surely next year he will want another once. It would make sense for inquiring teams to try and get a deal done before the November 3 trade deadline as opposed to in the offseason. That would assure them a season and a half of his services, at least, and some team could be elevated closer to Super Bowl contention this year.
New England doesn’t appear to be a contender this season, especially if Cam Newton continues to play as poorly as he has the past two weeks. It would make sense for the Pats to look to the future and trade Gilmore.
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Teams That Should Inquire About Gilmore
- Cleveland Browns: While the Browns are currently 5-2, the defense could use some help, especially in the secondary. Cornerback Denzel Ward and safety Ronnie Harrison Jr. are making plays, but the defense is still allowing 288.1 passing yards per game, the third-most in the NFL. Cleveland has a ton of cap space and this could be a long-term landing spot for Gilmore.
- Tennessee Titans: Getting stops on third down this season has been a struggle for the Titans. It was a big factor as to how the Steelers beat the Titans last week in a battle of two unbeaten teams. The offense is loaded led by Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill, and adding a player of Gilmore’s caliber on the defensive side of the ball could put this team over the hump to reach the Super Bowl. The Titans have given up 272 yards per game through the air thus far, the seventh-most in the league.
- Las Vegas Raiders: Remember when the Raiders knocked off Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs? It seems like forever ago, but it was just back in Week 5. This past week Tom Brady and the Bucs lit the Raiders defense up for 369 yards, four passing touchdowns, and another on the ground. Acquiring Gilmore would serve them well as they will face Mahomes once more and rookie quarterback Justin Herbert twice. Las Vegas gives up 283.8 passing yards per game, fifth-most in the NFL.
The Patriots should get good compensation should they decide to trade Gilmore. A second and/or third-round pick might do it for any team that is looking into this.