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Eagles Rumors Link Team to Star Defensive Free Agent

Larry Rupp
Rumors have linked the Philadelphia Eagles to star defensive free agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
Rumors have linked the Philadelphia Eagles to star defensive free agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore. / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles have made it a priority to build depth on defense this offseason. The team has already re-signed defensive end Derek Barnett and brought in free agent linebacker Kyzir White. Fans will be excited to hear the most recent rumors link the Eagles to cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

Eagles Free Agency

Gilmore is one of the most coveted free agents still available on the market given his combination of experience and talent. The 10-year pro has earned five Pro Bowl nods and racked up 27 interceptions across 132 career games. Gilmore was also named the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2019.

The 31-year-old may have only played in eight games with the Carolina Panthers last season, but he did manage to give up 2 touchdowns or less for the third straight year. His expertise would surely improve a Philadelphia secondary that posted only 16 takeaways in 2021 (T-No. 26 in NFL).

The rumors started circulating once Gilmore's wife told a fan on Twitter that the Eagles had reached out. USA Today's Glenn Erby has seconded that notion and sees Philly as a possible landing spot. Pairing Gilmore with Darius Slay would give defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon a scary duo.

The idea of bringing in a veteran to bridge the gap until a younger player is ready makes sense for the Eagles. That is at the right price, though. They cannot afford to pay a player likely past his prime the money he once was worth. Spotrac lists Gilmore's expected market value at $14.1 million.

For now, Philadelphia has odds set at +4000 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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