The Patriots Trade Star Defensive Back Stephon Gilmore

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UPDATE: The Patriots decided to trade Gilmore to the Panthers.

The New England Patriots have cut ties with cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

The Patriots traded the talented defensive player after the two sides couldn’t agree to a new deal. He’ll be off the PUP list after week six. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

It was originally reported that the Patriots were going to simply cut Gilmore.

Gilmore addressed being shown the exit from New England on his Instagram early Wednesday morning and thanked the fans, his teammates and the organization for the great ride.

You can read his full statement below.


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To call this decision unexpected would be an understatement. It’s been known for awhile that Gilmore and the Patriots were far apart on a new deal, but I’m not sure many people knew they were far enough for him to hit the road.

The good news for him is that he got traded instead of just cut. When healthy, he’s a hell of a defensive back.

He’s now headed to the Panthers with Sam Darnold.

He’s likely going to get more money and he has a new team. It just won’t be with the Patriots.