All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore ‘wants to play for the Packers’, according to NFL reporter Albert Breer.
The Green Bay Packers need cornerback help. One of the best in the league is now available with ESPN’s Adam Schefter reporting today that Stephon Gilmore is being released by the New England Patriots.
Could Gilmore to Green Bay actually happen?
NFL reporter Albert Breer told 98.5 The Sports Hub that he’s heard Gilmore “wants to play for the Packers”.
Well, that’s potentially significant.
Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Sports Journal tweeted today that “the Packers are considered the favorite in league circles” for a trade. It’s possible Gilmore could still be traded today before the Patriots release him.
It would be a bold move by the Packers and show their intent.
In the short term, it would give them some necessary cornerback help. All-Pro Jaire Alexander is sidelined with a shoulder injury and Kevin King has missed the past two games.
Assuming Alexander’s injury isn’t season-ending, we could get to see two All-Pros line up at cornerback for the Packers down the stretch. With a trio of Alexander, Gilmore, and rookie Eric Stokes, the Packers would have one of the league’s best cornerback rooms.
Bringing in Gilmore would also keep him away from two other Super Bowl contenders that need cornerback help, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs.
Green Bay has little over $7 million in cap space, according to Over The Cap, but they could structure a deal to make it work in the short term.
Sure, signing Gilmore could create some cap issues in the long run, but that’s the price they’d have to pay for going all in.
If Green Bay makes a serious move for Gilmore, it will show the team is fully committed to bringing home the Lombardi Trophy this season while risking the salary cap in future years. It would be a bold move, but potentially a championship-winning one.