Patriots: 3 best offseason trade destinations for Stephon Gilmore
1. Green Bay Packers
The Packers may lose a starting cornerback in free agency.
The Packers are the best team in the NFC and have few issues to deal with in the offseason. However, chief among them are re-signing starters Aaron Jones and Kevin King, two massively important moves. Jones is a key cog in the offensive engine and King is one of their starting cornerbacks.
King is certainly no lock to return, and there’s a chance the Packers feel the need to upgrade to make their defense even more of a threat. Adding Gilmore for a mid-round pick would certainly be worth it for them, given their prime Super Bowl window likely being within the next 2-3 years. Aside from adding a wide receiver and maybe another offensive lineman, the Packers really are set.
Putting Gilmore on the other side of Jaire Alexander, who is certainly more of a priority than King at this point, would go a long way toward helping the Pack stop the most potent passing attacks in the NFC … and, if push came to shove, the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. Gilmore would give them a cornerback who’s probably capable of effectively covering No. 1 receivers for another year or two.
Further fortifying Aaron Rodgers’ reign atop the league for another couple years would be in the Packers’ best interest, and GM Brian Gutekunst has done a great job of being aggressive in those endeavors. The Packers don’t have a ton of cap space, but they don’t need it to make this deal. Gilmore has a $7 million base salary for 2021.