Stephon Gilmore to sign with Colts: All-Pro cornerback agrees to terms of multi-year deal

Rich Barnes – USA TODAY Sports

Stephon Gilmore has decided where his next NFL home will be. Remaining one of the best free agents still available ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft, the two-time All-Pro cornerback has fielded calls from multiple teams – including major interest from Super Bowl champion Rams from Los Angeles – before visiting the Indianapolis Colts. this week. This visit went very well, to say the least, as Gilmore has now agreed to the terms of a deal that will put him in a Colts uniform for 2022 and beyond, per Josina Anderson, CBS Sports Insider.

Team owner Jim Irsay and general manager Chris Ballard reportedly structured the deal as a two-year deal that will pay the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year more than $23 million with $14 million guaranteed, per ESPN. Gilmore should immediately make a massive impact in the Colts secondary, helped by the signing of Rodney McLeod just days ago.

He also instantly becomes the next name to join the team, behind only former NFL MVP Matt Ryan, who the Colts acquired in March via a trade to the Atlanta Falcons to replace a now-traded Carson Wentz – who only lasted one season before being shipped. far to the commanders in Washington.

As for Gilmore, not only did he choose the Colts but in doing so he pushed aside the Rams, Raiders, Bills and Eagles – according to Anderson – to complete the deal for head coach Frank Reich and coordinator defensive Gus Bradley.

“Smh,” All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey wrote, via Twitterfollowing the news.

Gilmore started his NFL career as the Buffalo Bills’ 10th overall pick in 2012, but really made a name for himself after joining the New England Patriots following the conclusion of his rookie contract. It was with the latter that he became arguably the best cornerback in the NFL at the time, earning his first-ever Super Bowl ring along with a list of other honors that included three of his five nods. at the Pro Bowl. Things went south in New England as contract disputes settled into the relationship, and Gilmore was eventually traded to the Carolina Panthers in 2021, where he earned the fifth Pro Bowl appearance.

Gilmore returned from injury last season to grab two interceptions in three starts (allowing just 155 yards of coverage), and the Colts are likely now much improved when you consider he’s gearing up to take the field alongside the phenomenal linebacker. Darius Leonard and Pro Bowl cornerback Kenny Moore.

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