The New England Patriots priority this offseason looks to be at the cornerback position, because they are showing interest in three big-name CBs in Derek Cox of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sean Smith of the Miami Dolphins, and now recently released Carolina Panthers standout Chris Gamble. According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the Pats have “inquired about” Gamble.
A Boston native, Gamble is 29 and coming off of an injury-plagued 2012 season, but he can still bring an awful lot to the table. Gamble is a true shutdown corner in this league, and he showed it after John Fox left Carolina by resurrecting his career under Ron Rivera in the 2011 season.
That year, only Darrelle Revis allowed a lower QB Rating. In my opinion, Gamble was the second-best corner in the league in 2011 behind only Revis, as he allowed a meager QB Rating of 53.3. The former Ohio State standout is getting plenty of interest, and he deserves it. Gamble isn’t a household name and is quite underrated, but he is a true No. 1 CB and constantly flew under the radar in Carolina. Aqib Talib is younger and has more potential than Gamble, but Gamble will come cheaper and is a significantly better cover corner at this point in time.
I am in favor of the Patriots swinging a deal to sign Gamble, because it could really be worth it for this team. He has great length, and that solid size is something the Patriots and Bill Belichick like in their corners. Shortly after he was released by the Panthers, I wondered if Gamble would be a fit for the Patriots in an expanded piece. I am glad the Patriots are interesting in signing him, and there are several fans who would like to see Gamble in New England as well.
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