Rams in contact with Gilmore

Posted: 13/04/2022 in NFL
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Don’t underestimate the Rams‘ ability to bring another star to Los Angeles.

The Rams have been in contact with free-agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore this offseason, a source told The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue.

Gilmore, 31, has been linked to multiple teams since becoming a free agent, but he’s been quiet about his future. The New England Patriots traded the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year to the Carolina Panthers midway through last season. Injuries limited him to just 16 tackles, two pass breakups, and two interceptions through eight games with the Panthers.

Cornerback became a need for L.A. after losing Darious Williams to the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency. Gilmore would replace Williams and start outside opposite Jalen Ramsey, filling a big hole in the Rams’ secondary. The team expects David Long to remain in the slot.

Gilmore isn’t as dominant as he once was, but he hasn’t allowed a passer rating over 80 when targeted over the last two campaigns, according to Pro Football Reference. He also earned consecutive first-team All-Pro nods in 2018 and 2019.

The reigning Super Bowl champions have added several high-profile players in recent years. L.A. acquired linebacker Von Miller and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. last season en route to lifting the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in 22 years.

The Rams saw Miller sign with the Buffalo Bills this year, and they have yet to re-sign Beckham. The team also recently added eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker Bobby Wagner.

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