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Veteran cornerback Stephon Gilmore is reportedly drawing interest from the Las Vegas Raiders and San Francisco 49ers, according to Boardroom’s Jordan Schultz, and is expected to land a “healthy contract.”
Schultz also noted the New York Jets have not made an offer to the free agent.
The Raiders’ interest in Gilmore should come as no surprise, as the franchise has reportedly been looking to upgrade its secondary with a veteran cornerback.
Las Vegas needs some added depth in the secondary after releasing Damon Arnette due to multiple off-field incidents. In addition, Casey Hayward Jr. and Brandon Facyson are free agents.
As for the 49ers, they have made upgrading the cornerback position a priority this offseason. Although Ambry Thomas and Emmanuel Moseley are returning for the 2022 campaign, the team could use a few more pieces to truly bring the secondary together.
With players like J.C. Jackson and Carlton Davis off the board, Gilmore is likely the most coveted free-agent cornerback remaining.
While Jackson signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Chargers and Davis signed a three-year, $45 million deal to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the 49ers are reportedly hoping to sign Gilmore below the average annual value Jackson and Davis received.
Gilmore was traded to the Carolina Panthers last season after spending four years with the New England Patriots. In eight games, he recorded two interceptions, two passes defended and 16 tackles.
While the 31-year-old isn’t the same player he once was when he won the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year award, he’s still an effective defender and would especially be a good addition for a contending team.
However, Gilmore recently told Josina Anderson of CBS Sports that “a lot of players in the league” have been trying to recruit him. So, at this point, there’s no telling where he could end up.