Well, that was fast.
It had only been a couple of hours since the Patriots announced they were parting ways with star cornerback Stephon Gilmore when he found a new home with the Carolina Panthers.
The 2019 Defensive Player of the Year, and South Carolina native, is currently recovering from a torn quad injury from last season that required surgery. After starting training camp on the “physically unable to perform” list, Gilmore and the Patriots couldn’t reach common ground on a restructured contract.
Per ESPN, New England originally planned to announce Gilmore’s release on Wednesday before the trade came to fruition. The Patriots received a 2023 sixth-round draft pick in exchange.
Despite the two sides being unable to find common ground, Gilmore posted a heartfelt goodbye to Patriots fans on social media prior to the trade being announced.
The 31-year-old signed a five-year, $65 million contract with the Patriots in 2017 and is set to make roughly $5.8 million with Carolina this season.
Over four seasons spent with the Patriots, Gilmore recorded 11 interceptions for 200 yards with two touchdowns, two fumble recoveries and 185 combined tackles.
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