/Patriots trade rumors swirl around Stephon Gilmore: Almost anyone – New York Post

Patriots trade rumors swirl around Stephon Gilmore: Almost anyone – New York Post

Bill Belichick has never been afraid to dive into the trade market, but the Patriots could be sellers this deadline instead of buyers.

In their first season without Tom Brady, and heading into Sunday’s AFC East showdown against the Bills with a 2-4 record, the Patriots have told teams “they’d listen on almost anyone,” according to MMQB.com.

While the report said the Patriots “have been quiet thus far,” there’s plenty of speculation swirling around All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore. The reigning AP Defensive Player of the Year, who recently came back from a case of COVID-19, has one year left on his contract at a $17 million cap hit.

The Patriots previously shopped Gilmore before the 2020 NFL Draft and later during training camp, MMQB reported, but the rumors were stoked Thursday when the 30-year-old’s home went on the market. The listing for the house, which belongs to Gilmore’s wife according to NBC Sports Boston, included the line: ” All offers if any due on Tuesday, November 3rd @ 5PM.” The NFL trade deadline just happens to be Nov. 3 at 4 p.m.

“Yeah, I don’t know anything about those,” Belichick said Thursday when asked about the Gilmore trade rumors.

“Steph works hard and is always ready to go,” Belichick added. “We’ve changed up what he’s done. He’s a very flexible player that understands what we’re trying to do and how it all fits together and works hard to do his job at it.”

Stephon Gilmore trade rumors are swirling
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Gilmore’s status is in question after he left Thursday’s practice with a knee injury, putting his availability for Sunday’s game in question. NFL Network reported the injury was considered “minor.”

Friday, Belichick said the result of Sunday’s game against the Bills wouldn’t determine the Patriots’ trade deadline, according to the Boston Globe.

“I don’t think so,” Belichick told reporters. “Ultimately whatever decision we make would be to do what’s in the best interests of the team.”

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