If you enjoy the NFL like we do, the last 48-72 hours have certainly been a joy. In fact, you probably enjoyed the entire weekend. On top of the NFL action that’s been hard to look away from, there’s been a collection of roster moves including big-named stars.
New England trades Stephon Gilmore to Carolina for a 2023, sixth-round pick
It started early Wednesday when word began to spread that New England was releasing Stephon Gilmore. The 2019 Defensive Player of the Year apparently couldn’t come to an agreement with New England on contract restructuring. He’s spent significant time on the sidelines after sustaining a season-ending quad injury, last December. Surgery to repair to the quad made contract negotiations a bit foggy.
He didn’t participate in training camp and has been on the PUP list to begin the 2021 season. Once he comes off the list in Week 6, he’ll be wearing all new colors as he will join the Carolina Panthers during their historic (thus far) season. Carolina sends New England a 6th round pick (2023) in return.
Also worth noting, Gilmore is healing well after surgery. Mike Giardi of the NFL Network says Gilmore is healthy and there’s “nothing wrong” with his quad. New England Head Coach Bill Belichick released a statement on Gilmore’s departure:
“I am grateful to Stephon Gilmore for his significant contributions to our team,” Belichick said. “It was a privilege and pleasure to coach Steph, I appreciate him for the true professional and class act that he is and wish him all the best in the future. Following discussions over a long period of time, we mutually agreed to part ways today.”
Jaylon Smith cut from Dallas
Dallas‘ defense has been one of the hottest stories of the young 2021 NFL season. Apparently, it had grown beyond the services of its 2016 second-round pick, Jaylon Smith. The 26 year old was informed that he would be released by the team, Tuesday.
Smith started 2 games this season but with more talent in the LB corps, Dallas is ready to cut ties. It does come with a $7.2 million price-tag to cover the rest of his contract. “America’s Team” felt a trade was unlikely given his hefty contract.
Chicago adds speedy-WR, Jakeem Grant in trade with Miami
The swift wide receiver and returner Jakeem Grant will join Chicago and Miami will receive a 2023 sixth-round pick in return. It’s a move that helps Miami clear out their lengthy list of receivers while also clearing cap space.
He played 24 games in the last two years for Miami but should have a bigger role in Chicago. He has 5 total touchdowns throughout his 5-year career.