New England were reportedly all set to release Gilmore later today. But the Panthers swooped in with a 2023 sixth-round pick to pry him from Gillette Stadium at the last minute.
Gilmore missed five games last season due to injury and started this season on the reserve/PUP list. He has yet to play a down in 2021. But for the most part, people are surprised that the deal seems so lopsided in Carolina’s favor.
Some people were wondering why the compensation for a player two years removed from winning Defensive Player of the Year cost the Panthers so little. For context, the Chicago Bears gave up the same compensation for wide receiver Jakeem Grant earlier this week. The Minnesota Vikings traded a sixth for backup tight end Chris Herndon.
How does Chris Herndon have more value than Stephon Gilmore on the trade market? 😂
— The Jets Way (@JetsWayPodcast) October 6, 2021
As much as we question Chris Grier’s talent evaluation, his ability to wheel and deal is remarkable. The Pats trades Stephon Gilmore for a 6th round pick. We traded Jakeem Grant for a 6th round pick. Gilmore is far more superior than Jakeem grant but got the same deal.
— Kelvin Smith (@Nikes_Own) October 6, 2021
FOX Sports analyst “Cousin Sal” joked that the move reunites quarterback Sam Darnold with “another favorite target” in Gilmore. He picked off Darnold once in 2018 during the infamous “seeing ghosts” game.
San Darnold reunited with yet another favorite target. https://t.co/uYbz7JHYT8
— Cousin Sal (@TheCousinSal) October 6, 2021
The Carolina Panthers currently boast the No. 3 defense in the NFL. Their passing defense ranks No. 2 in terms of passing yards allowed.
If Gilmore gets healthy in a few weeks, they might be able to make the case for best defense in the NFL come midseason.
Who do you think won the Stephon Gilmore trade between the Pats and Panthers?
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