NFL Free Agency 2022: Stephon Gilmore in touch with Rams as All-Pro market grows, report says

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With the majority of NFL members wondering who they can sign as they try to make the salary cap work in their favor, it’s like the Los Angeles Rams are playing a video game – after going to settings and turning off the salary cap. entirely. They’re all-in again in 2022, as they were in 2021, when several landmark acquisitions led to a deep playoff run and an eventual win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI, and that got them led directly to the table where Stephon Gilmore is seated.

They shifted their focus just before the 2022 NFL Draft to see if the two-time All-Pro cornerback would like to join them, according to The Athletic. The two sides have reportedly been in touch as Gilmore sifts through the waters of free agency, and the news of interest for Gilmore comes shortly after the Rams managed to bring a whale back to linebacker, that is- ie perennial All-Pro Bobby Wagner, on a five-year contract worth over $65 million.

If they can add Gilmore to the defense as well, that would certainly combine with the signing of Wagner to close the wound opened by the departure of future Hall of Fame linebacker Von Miller to the Buffalo Bills.

And speaking of the Bills, it just so happens to be the team that gave Gilmore his NFL debut, after selecting him with the 10th overall pick in 2012 – where Gilmore would play out his rookie contract before moving on. heading to division rival New Patriots of England. He became arguably the best cornerback in football during his time at Foxboro, but tensions over his contract and the lack of a big-money extension ultimately ended his tenure under Bill Belichick.

Then traded to the Carolina Panthers in 2021 in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2023, Gilmore returned from injury to grab two interceptions in three starts (allowing just 155 yards of coverage) en route to picking up his fifth clap. eye to the Pro Bowl, and remains one of the best talents still available to teams in need of a proven and highly capable defensive back. The Rams would apparently like to place him against All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey, but while the salary cap can be manipulated quite easily when a team is motivated, the reality is that he still has to be.

That said, the Rams will likely have to rework some contracts — for example, Aaron Donald — to bring Gilmore in at his asking price, which won’t come cheap unless the veteran accepts a discount to potentially land his second Super Ring of bowl.

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