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The New England Patriots announced that they have signed CB Stephon Gilmore as an unrestricted free agent from the Buffalo Bills. Terms of the contract were not announced.
Gilmore, 26, is a veteran of five NFL seasons with Buffalo after originally entering the NFL as a first-round draft pick (10th overall) out of South Carolina in the 2012 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, has played in 68 games with 66 starts and accumulated 198 total tackles, 14 interceptions and 68 passes defensed. Last season, Gilmore started in all 15 games that he played and finished with 42 total tackles and a career-best of five interceptions to earn his first Pro Bowl invitation.
I find it perplexing and disappointing that the Pats have not rewarded Malcolm Butler and Dont’a Hightower for their contributions. Butler is a hero (SB 49) and has made steady improvement. Hightower is a team leader and a beacon of versatility. Giving Stephon Gilmore a monster contract and not paying two vital defensive players is good for team chemistry? What are your thoughts on this development?
A day after the Patriots reportedly acquired Colts tight end Dwayne Allen, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted the Patriots will sign cornerback Stephon Gilmore in free agency.
Many years the Patriots are content to let other teams make big splashes as the new league year kicks off. This is not one of those years.
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The 27-year-old Gilmore was the 10th overall pick out of South Carolina in 2012 and spent his entire career with the Bills. The 6-0, 190-pound Gilmore made the Pro Bowl last season with Buffalo and had a career-high five interceptions last season. In his five seasons he has 14 picks in 68 career games, 66 of which were starts. He’s missed 12 games due to injury in his career.
Stephon Gilmore was also selected by his former Buffalo Bills teammates as their representative. On the field, Stephon returned from major shoulder surgery at the end of the 2015 season with a strong season. Off the field, he has dedicated his time in both Buffalo and in his home state of South Carolina. From hosting clinics to raising awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association, Stephon is an example of strength, dedication and courage in the NFL.
Darrelle Revis wore his traditional 24 for his only Super Bowl-winning season in Foxborough.
Now, the Boston Herald notes, high-priced free agent addition Stephon Gilmore will strive to continue the tradition of the number in regards to elite cornerback play. Gilmore also wore 24 in his time with the Bills.
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Grissom, 22, was selected by the Patriots in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft with the 97th selection overall out of Oklahoma. The 6-foot-4, 252-pounder, played in 39 games with 11 starts and registered 88 tackles, eight sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Last season, he played in 10 games with seven starts and tallied 39 total tackles and 3 ½ sacks. Grissom was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention as a senior in 2014.
See how Geneo Grissom and Joe Andruzzi spread kindness across Boston on Wednesday.
Geneo Grissom has it all. At 6-3, 262 and a 4.81 40 time, he has the size, speed, strength and quickness to excel in the NFL. What Grissom doesn’t have – at least during his college days at Oklahoma – is a position.
The Patriots selected Geneo Grissom, a defensive end from Oklahoma in the third round (97th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft.