It appears the Philadelphia Eagles may be out of the running on a blockbuster trade for one All-Pro cornerback. Stephon Gilmore has been angling for a new contract from the New England Patriots, but “The Hoodie” doesn’t seem interested. Gilmore will turn 31 years old on Sept. 19, plus he’s two years removed from his Defensive Player of the Year campaign.
Gilmore, a four-time Pro Bowler, sniped just one interception in 11 games last season after leading the NFL with six picks and 20 passes defensed in 2019. Some believe the stud corner has begun an expected decline, totally discounting the fact he tested positive for COVID-19 in October. Gilmore has plenty of gas left in the tank.
The Patriots are in no rush to get to the negotiating table with arguably the top shutdown cornerback in football. He skipped mandatory minicamp and declined to attend spring OTAs in New England. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Patriots could be holding out for a first-round pick (see: Julio Jones) but it would have to be for a team that runs the right defense.