Early Wednesday morning, news broke that the New England Patriots had released cornerback Stephon Gilmore. The 2019 Defensive Player of the Year was on the PUP list with a quad injury, and has yet to suit up in 2021. But, according to NFL Insider Josina Anderson, the Bucs are expected to have interest in Gilmore.

Tampa Bay’s cornerback situation has been an injury-laden mess this season. Starting CB Sean Murphy-Bunting suffered a dislocated elbow in Week 1, landing him on injured reserve. Backup cornerback Jamel Dean hurt his knee in Week 3, missing the team’s Week 4 game against New England. Dean is expected back for Week 5, but top cornerback Carlton Davis isn’t. Davis went down in the second quarter against the Patriots with a non-contact quad injury. He was in considerable pain and had to be carted to the locker room.

Gilmore is recovering from a quad injury of his own that required offseason surgery. The 2-time All-Pro was set to return after Week 6, so his injury shouldn’t be a concern based on what we know. Gilmore, 31, had six interceptions in 2019 to win Defensive Player of the Year. The Bucs have already signed Richard Sherman, Pierre Desir and Rashard Robinson in recent weeks, so their cornerback room is full. But if Davis’ injury is a season-ender, that could open the door for Gilmore to step into a void.

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WVBuc
WVBuc
7 months ago

If there had been no injuries to our secondary and Gilmore became available, it would be an easy add to the roster if money could be worked out to satisfy both parties. Now, with so many out, even if there were a dozen guys in the cornerback room, if Gilmore will come to Tampa, room will be made.

Joseph
Joseph
7 months ago

Of course they are interested I just don’t think they can afford him the kind of money that is talked about that he wants I’m not sure any contender can afford him

Dude
Dude
Reply to  Joseph
7 months ago

This is where the Brady effect will pick up. Gilmore knows that if he were to come to the Bucs and win a Superbowl his next contract would be worth a little more. So it would pay-off in the end for him.

Buc76
Buc76
7 months ago

Doesn’t matter if the room is full. Clear out the room. Can we afford it? You want SMB, Carlton Davis, Dean, Richard Sherman, Gilmore all healthy in late December. We are going to need this to win it all. The Cowboys, Rams, Cardinals, Packers maybe Seahawks, 49ers will all be there trying to stop us. Its going to be a lot harder to win it this time. Sign Gilmore!

ScottC543
ScottC543
7 months ago

Get this guy ASAP.
I’ll bet TB12 is on the phone as we speak.

Last edited 7 months ago by ScottC543
eaustinyoung
eaustinyoung
7 months ago

Get rid of Delaney, Robinson, OJ Howard, Desir, Cockrell, and put all that money towards Gilmore along with the $3M cap they have. If Gilmore thinks he’s going to get $12M-$15M from a true contender for half a season, he’s crazy.

Action Jackson 72
Action Jackson 72
7 months ago

Like Booger said the cap is like play-doh so yes we can afford him. However I don’t think we’re going to acquire him, ole Bruce loves him some Dee Delaney…for some reason. I hope I’m wrong though. GO BUCS

Benjamin
Benjamin
Reply to  Action Jackson 72
7 months ago

Yea B.A. love Dee Delaney sooooooo much he didnt play a single defensive snap Vs. The Patriots. Your opinion is sooooooo wrong.

Rob
Rob
7 months ago

Those that are saying get rid of OJ or others to clear cap space…..there are a lot of folks that contracts are guaranteed (Like OJs) so we don’t clear any cap space by releasing him. In a perfect world-Gilmore signs a one year with us for cheap to play out this season and show other teams that he’s back to elite status, hopefully wins a SuperBowl and becomes a super attractive free agent. Plus knowing that we’re about to lose several folks next year….I think he would want to come here and potentially get resigned to a nice contract with… Read more »

eaustinyoung
eaustinyoung
Reply to  Rob
7 months ago

They’d have to trade OJ and his contract

Benjamin
Benjamin
Reply to  eaustinyoung
7 months ago

Umm getting rid of guaranteed money doesn’t clear it from the cap. That’s money that will count towards the cap whether or not Howard is on the Bucs roster or not. Cutting or trading Hoawrd doesn’t help the bucs in getting free money plus you want to go into a game with Brate and nothing else at TE? Gronk is going to be out 2 to 3 more weeks if not longer with 3 fractured ribs, 1 broken rib, and a punctured lung.

Last edited 7 months ago by Benjamin
drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Rob
7 months ago

Rob, you seem to be stuck in some sort of reality.

twspin
twspin
7 months ago

Gilmore has to decide if he will take less cash. We need him. What a welcomed addition if we can pull this off.

drdneast
drdneast
7 months ago

My daughter all wanted ponies for Christmas. Unfortunately my salary cap would not allow me such a luxury. I don’t see where the Bucs cap would either. No My Little Pony.

Benjamin
Benjamin
Reply to  drdneast
7 months ago

Haha they would have to make major moves and get a few starters off the salary cap to make this work. You’re not signing Gilmore for less than 12 to 15 mil. He’s one of the top CBs in the NFL.

Last edited 7 months ago by Benjamin
Benjamin
Benjamin
7 months ago

I doubt the Bucs sign Gilmore because he’s going to ask for top flight money and I’m pretty sure the Bucs do not have that kind of money to throw at him. Gilmore should demand a high price tag because he is one of the best CBs in the NFL. Now if the Bucs had not been able to bring everyone back from last year and had lost one or 2 of higher priced free agents then I could see them making a real push for Gilmore but I don’t see where they get the money without getting worse at… Read more »

TCB2W!
TCB2W!
Reply to  Benjamin
7 months ago

Everyone saying he will demand a lot of money, to you I say this. If someone is coming off a serious injury with no tape on them after the injury. AND they are way behind on learning your system, why would anyone throw top money at you? Also, he is on the wrong side of 30. Gilmore will be taking a one year prove it deal somewhere.

scubog
scubog
7 months ago

Always happy to acquire good players if they can help the team win. In this case, if the team signs up Gilmore today, when would he realistically be able to play?