In a Wednesday morning bombshell, the Patriots are reportedly releasing Stephon Gilmore.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was first to report the information and the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year confirmed it on his Twitter account. The transfer saves New England almost $6 million towards the wage cap transferring ahead.
Gilmore, who opened the season on the PUP listing with a torn quad, was eligible to return to the energetic roster later this month. The circumstances across the launch are nonetheless murky — Gilmore was sad together with his contract and held out of minicamp — and Invoice Belichick will tackle the media later Wednesday morning.
The cornerback launched an announcement on social media. Right here it’s in its entirety:
It’s with combined feelings that I announce my goodbye to this nice fanbase. We’ve loved a lot success collectively and you’ve got been an unimaginable inspiration for my particular person achievements. Thanks for supporting this Rock Hill child and permitting him to realize his NFL goals.
To Mr. Kraft, the coaches, and the group, thanks for offering me with this platform and permitting me to be part of greatness. Most of all I wish to thank my teammates who lined up subsequent to me each Sunday with one objective in thoughts. These moments on and off the sphere won’t ever be forgotten.
Earlier than Gilmore’s launch, the Patriots have been all the way down to $2.6 million in cap area, per OverTheCap. As they maneuvered their roster over the summer season, Belichick quietly accrued a lifeless cap hit of $18 million.