Reports earlier this season indicated that the Patriots had discussions with other NFL teams about a possible trade for reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore this offseason.
Now, with New England’s ugly 2-4 record and the NFL’s Nov.
3 trade deadline less than a week away, those rumors are resurfacing. The speculation only grew on Wednesday morning when WEEI’s own Greg Hill Show reported that Gilmore’s house is for sale, with offers due the night of the NFL trade deadline.
As such, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked during a Wednesday morning video call with local reporters about the reports/rumors regarding a possible Gilmore trade.
Belichick had a simple, succinct response.
“I don’t know anything about those,” Belichick said.
Most would agree that Gilmore has not played as well this season as he did a year ago – similar to the Patriots defense as a whole – but Belichick wasn’t looking to break down the way that other teams have attacked New England’s No. 1 cornerback and best defensive player.
“Yeah, I'd think you'd have to ask the other teams about that. He's seen a lot of single coverage,” Belichick said, also sounding happy with the production he’s gotten from his star defender. “Great. Great. Steph works hard. He’s always ready to go. Changes up what he does based on our game plan, who we’re matched up against, the team we’re playing that particular week. He’s a very flexible player that understands what we’re trying to do and how it all fits together and works hard to do his part in it.”
In an appearance on WEEI’s Greg Hill Show on Wednesday morning NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport said that the Gilmore trade rumors might actually be “kind of old.”