Top Free Agent Cornerback Stephon Gilmore Makes Decision: Report

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Top free agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore reportedly plans to sign with the Indianapolis Colts, CBS Sports' Josina Anderson reports.

"Stephon Gilmore just text me he is signing with the #Colts," Anderson tweeted Friday (April 15) morning.

Anderson reports the Philadelphia Eagles "made a hard play" for Gilmore, who also received interest from the Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Gilmore, a former Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots, was traded to the Carolina Panthers last season ahead of his free agency.

The 31-year-old recorded two interceptions, 16 tackles and two passes defensed during eight starts in nine appearances in 2021.

Gilmore skipped the Patriots' mandatory mini camp in June amid a contract dispute before reporting to the Patriots' training camp session in July and was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list due to a partially torn quad injury he experienced in December.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection was in the final year of a 5-year, $65 million contract, which included a $7 million base salary in 2021, at the time of the trade in October.

Gilmore's previous salary was 24th among all NFL cornerbacks, but his $16.265 million cap number is among the highest at the position, reported.

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