Despite being inconsistent the last couple of seasons, many still believed that former Stephon Gilmore was one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks. Proving that statement to be true, it is now believed that Gilmore will sign with the Bills rival in New England for around $14 million per season, a deal that will make him the fifth highest paid cornerback in the league.
While Gilmore did have his share of problems in Buffalo last season, it would be hard for anyone to talk down the cornerbacks talent. A ball hawk corner that could go man-to-man with anybody in this league, the only thing that seemingly let down Gilmore was himself. A change in scenery could be just the cure for that, something fans of the Buffalo Bills should fear.
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Though the former Pro Bowl cornerback could have gone anywhere in this league, the fact that he signed for the Bills rival in New England makes his loss even more hurtful. While Buffalo could have faced him every once in awhile and watched as he dominated the teams receivers like most former players do, the Bills and their fans will now have to get used to seeing him up close twice a year.
Add to this that the Patriots look to once again be in a position to win another Super Bowl, and Gilmore’s signing will be extremely hurtful for this team. Let us not forget, Gilmore expressed before the offseason that he just want to go somewhere where he would be wanted, a clear dig at the Buffalo Bills and their front office.
With all of that said, the stats from last season prove that Gilmore wasn’t really that good. Rated as the 61st best cornerback in the league by PFF, Gilmore needs to earn his paycheck upon arriving in New England. However, how many times have we seen the Patriots turn someone from an average player into a great one.
Perhaps it will be the change in scenery. Perhaps it will be the coaching staff of the Patriots. Either way, I expect Stephon Gilmore to have a turnaround season in 2017. If it does occur, expect this signing to haunt the Buffalo Bills for years to come.