Stephon Gilmore has proven to be worth every penny of the five-year, $65 million contract he signed with the New England Patriots. He's made the Pro Bowl in three of his four seasons in New England, even earning Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2019.
But there have been plenty of trade rumors surrounding the superstar cornerback over the past couple seasons. And with the Patriots likely hunting for a franchise quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft, it wouldn't be a shock to see Bill Belichick move on from Gilmore in an attempt to trade up.
With that in mind, here are three potential trade destinations for Gilmore as we approach the NFL Draft.
Stephon Gilmore Trade Rumors
3. Cleveland Browns
Adding Gilmore would be the final piece to the super team that the Cleveland Browns are assembling. Having Gilmore, Denzel Ward and John Johnson would create one of the best secondaries in the NFL, especially with Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney rushing the passer. With Baker Mayfield helming an efficient passing attack and the league's best rushing game, this team would look a lot like the San Francisco 49ers club that almost won the 2019 Super Bowl. Cleveland could go all-in on the 2021 season by sending a haul of picks over to New England in exchange for the former Defensive Player of the Year. That could allow New England to expedite its rebuild or package those picks in an effort to land a QB.
2. Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers are in a very interesting spot. They clearly decided that Teddy Bridgewater wasn't their guy moving forward, and conventional wisdom suggested they'd be looking to use the No. 8 pick to land a franchise QB. But now that they've acquired Sam Darnold, the Panthers don't necessarily need to do that (though it can't be ruled out). Carolina could sent the No. 8 pick to the Patriots, getting Gilmore and the No. 15 pick in return. This would shore up the Panthers' secondary while allowing them to land another premium player at No. 15. It's a steep price, but if the right QB is there at No. 8 it's a cost New England could be willing to pay.
1. Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys' offense should be dynamic in 2021, but their defense could prevent them from being a legit contender. Holding the No. 10 pick, it's unlikely that any rookie drafted at that spot would be able to transform that unit. But perhaps Gilmore could. He'd give Dallas the elite CB it desperately needs, allowing Treveon Diggs and Anthony Brown to play the more complementary roles that they're suited for. If a quarterback like Justin Fields or Trey Lance slips to No. 10, don't be surprised to see New England send Gilmore and some picks to the Cowboys.
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