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Veteran cornerback Stephon Gilmore informed CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson that he’s concurred to a agreement with the Indianapolis Colts in complimentary firm.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported it’s a two-year offer worth $23 million with $14 million ensured.
In 2019, Gilmore was honored as the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league in both interceptions (six) and pass breaksup (20). The truth that he was rightaway the subject of trade reports throughout the subsequent offseason was a caution indication.
Gilmore was a Pro Bowler onceagain in 2020 however just appeared in 11 videogames since of a knee injury and then a torn quad. His healing from the latter avoided him from making his 2021 launching upuntil Week 8, by which time the New England Patriots had traded him to the Carolina Panthers.
The 31-year-old vented his aggravation with how the Patriots managed his rehabilitation. He revealed to The Athletic’s Joseph Person how he idea the company was “doing more exercises than rehab, more working out like somebody (who) was 100 percent healthy and in the offseason program.”
Once lastly on the field for Carolina, Gilmore made an instant effect. He had an interception in each of his veryfirst 2 looks.
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He endedup with 16 dealswith, 2 interceptions and 2 pass breaksup in 8 videogames.
Despite the problems he experienced throughout 2020 and 2021, Gilmore was still one of the muchbetter cornerbacks on the market this offseason. He was the No. 21 total complimentary representative at ESPN and No. 11 at Pro Football Focus.
“From 2017 to 2019, Gilmore was the premier cornerback in the league while matching up versus the NFL’s finest receivers in New England’s man-coverage system,” his PFF outlook read. “Scheme fit and his age are the huge concern marks moving forward.”
Because of how the Panthers’ season unwinded, it’s a little hard to judge Gilmore based on his time with the group. Carolina closed out the year on a seven-game losing streak.
Now that he’s on the incorrect end of the aging curve, a return to his dominant stretch with the Patriots may be too much to ask. Injuries haveactually been a style throughout his profession as well. He has played a complete season simply 3 times over 10 years.
Even if Gilmore is about 80 percent of what he was in 2019, though, he’ll be an reliable addition to Indianapolis‘ secondary.
Xavier Rhodes left as a complimentary representative, and Rock Ya-Sin was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders for Yannick Ngakoue. Together, the set began 21 integrated videogames in 2021.
Signing Brandon Facyson didn’t go far enough towards attendingto an apparent requirement at cornerback for the Colts. This is a franchise that’s looking to compete for a Super Bowl right now, as evidenced by trading for a 36-year-old Matt Ryan.