The NFL’s best team continues to get better. The Patriots will sign cornerback Stephon Gilmore, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. Gilmore’s deal is expected to pay him more than $14 million a year, which would put him among the top five cornerbacks in the league in terms of average salary.
The development not only means the Patriots are getting Logan Ryan, a physical cornerback who excelled in their system but isn’t the playmaker Gilmore is., but that they likely won’t try to re-sign
Originally the 10th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Gilmore joins a secondary that includes Malcolm Butler and Devin McCourty. He also goes from playing for a Bills team that last made the playoffs in 1999 to a Patriots outfit that has won two of the past three Super Bowls.
Last week, the Bears were thought to be front-runners in the Gilmore sweepstakes but now it appears they will have to look elsewhere to bolster their defensive backfield.