Leave it to the New England Patriots to pull off a huge trade nobody saw coming—including the players involved.

Corner Stephon Gilmore was the crown jewel of the 2017 free-agent class, a younger corner capable of elite play and strong man coverage against some of the game’s best weapons.

So of course, Bill Belichick and the Patriots swooped in and stole him off the market.

Gilmore was surprised as anymore, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio:

He said that the Patriots emerged as a contender at the beginning of the process, but that he was “surprised a little bit” by their interest.

It’s an interesting twist for one of the league’s better players. Normally a talent like Gilmore hits the market and ends up going to a struggling team willing to overpay for his services.