With the start of free agency, the New England Patriots were quick to improve their roster. A team that isn’t always known for blockbuster free agency signings, the New England Patriots doled out the money to acquire big name free agent Stephon Gilmore.
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Stephon Gilmore, who spent the start of his career with the divisional rival Buffalo Bills, signed with the New England Patriots earlier today in a big payday. Gilmore signed a five-year deal for $65 million. Of that number, $40 million is guaranteed.
Looking over the deal, Bill Belichick clearly has a great deal of respect for the Pro Bowler. It isn’t often that Belichick will sign any player to a huge deal like he did with Stephon Gilmore.
With the signing of Gilmore, questions remain as to what will become of the Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler. After such a large chunk of money went to Stephon Gilmore’s signing, one has to question whether Bill Belichick is planning on moving on from Butler. With talks of a trade with the New Orleans Saints for wide receiver Brandin Cooks, Butler may have been replaced in New England.
It is hard to question Bill Belichick when it comes to signing free agents. Other than injuries, Stephon Gilmore seems like a sure thing in New England. Belichick certainly has confidence in Gilmore with the enormous signing and guaranteed money. Let’s hope Gilmore can deliver on the big paycheck.
Welcome to New England, Stephon Gilmore.