NFL analyst says trading for Stephon Gilmore ‘makes sense’ for Cardinals
ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio recently suggested the Arizona Cardinals as a team who might be interested in trading for New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
For J.J. Watt and A.J. Green, both are hoping their upcoming season with the Arizona Cardinals in 2021 doesn’t result in their time in the NFL coming to a close sooner than later.
Even though they are not the same dominant players they once were, the Cardinals clearly think they can help their team be successful next season. But with their experience, Arizona knows Watt and Green can offer so much more to their roster than just their abilities to make plays out on the field.
Current New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore has something that Green and Watt don’t have though and that’s a Super Bowl ring. Gilmore could potentially be traded before the start of the 2021 season and some believe the Cardinals should be among the teams trying to acquire him.
Mike Florio thinks the Arizona Cardinals could attempt to trade for New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore
Gilmore, who is 30-years-old, did not report to the Patriots mandatory minicamp this week. With his current contract set to expire in 2022, some believe the veteran corner could be seeking a trade out of New England if they don’t give him an extension before the start of the upcoming season.
So if the Patriots make Gilmore available for a trade, who are some of the teams that could be interested in trying to make a deal for him? Well, ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio recently suggested Arizona as one of the teams that could attempt to trade for the New England cornerback.
"“A team that has been sneaky chasing big-name players who are on the wrong side of 30 this year whether it’s J.J. Watt or A.J. Green. Stephon Gilmore to the Cardinals. They lost Patrick Peterson in free agency. [They] would make sense.”"
Interestingly enough, Arizona signed one of Gilmore’s former Patriots teammates this offseason in cornerback Malcolm Butler. Gilmore and Butler were both members of New England’s 2017 roster that came up short against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52.
Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins also added fuel to the speculation about his team’s potential interest in Gilmore with a recent post on his Instagram account that was then also re-posted by the Patriots cornerback.
Could the former New England teammates link up again in Arizona? It would obviously depend on how much it would take to acquire Gilmore, but the Cardinals should at least be giving the Patriots a call if they haven’t already.