Denver Broncos: Trade deadline options with playoffs not impossible

Denver Broncos 2021 offseason. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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Stephon Gilmore, Denver Broncos
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 18: Stephon Gilmore #24 of the New England Patriots looks on before the game against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

3. Stephon Gilmore, CB, New England Patriots

Some other team besides the Denver Broncos will probably trade for Gilmore (if the Patriots even deal him) but it makes sense for almost any team in the NFL to at least inquire.

The Patriots will probably want at least a second-round pick for Gilmore, coming off of a Defensive MVP season in 2019.

In 2018 and 2019, Gilmore had 20 passes defended and eight interceptions. He makes plays on the ball and is tremendous in man coverage.

Because the Broncos play primarily zone, other teams might be willing to pay more for Gilmore, but he could be an option nonetheless.

AJ Bouye has now been hurt twice for the Broncos and we don’t know what his status is after going into concussion protocol against the Chargers (from friendly fire).

Gilmore is one of the NFL’s premier players and would cost about $6.9 million for the Broncos to acquire for this season, but he also has a base salary of just $7 million in 2021.

Just under two years of Stephon Gilmore for $14 million sounds like a steal. If he wants a new contract, this becomes far more complicated, because he’s recently turned 30.

Even as unlikely as this seems, the thought of getting Gilmore for those two years at $14 million is enticing and could net the Patriots a pretty nice return.