NBA’s Hometown Hero: Stephon Gilmore and the Panthers’ Secondary Reunion

Report: Panthers have made contact with Stephon Gilmore

Stephon Gilmore, a seasoned cornerback, is reportedly being considered for a return to the Carolinas as the Panthers have shown interest in reacquiring him. Gilmore, who is 33 years old, previously played for the Panthers during the latter part of the 2021 season after being traded from the Patriots for a sixth-round pick. During his time with the team, he appeared in nine games with eight starts and recorded 16 total tackles and two interceptions.

After leaving the Panthers, Gilmore signed a two-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts and started in all 16 games in 2022. In 2023, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys where he also started in all 17 games and played an impressive 94 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. With his extensive experience and impressive skill set, Gilmore has played for several teams throughout his career including the Bills, Patriots, Colts, and Cowboys. In total, he has played in 165 games and has recorded an impressive 140 career passes defended along with 31 interceptions.

Ranked at No. 51 on PFT’s list of top 100 free agents, Gilmore could bring valuable experience and leadership to the Panthers’ secondary if a deal is struck. It remains uncertain if this potential return will come to fruition but if it does it would be interesting to see how much of an impact he could make on the team’s defense once again.

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