FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots have traded four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Stephon Gilmore to the Carolina Panthers, according to the Panthers' website.
The Patriots will get a 2023 sixth round draft pick in return.
The 31-year-old has yet to play this season due to a quad injury. He had been eligible to come off New England's Physically Unable to Perform List after Week 6.
In a statement on Twitter, Gilmore thank the Patriots organization and fans.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Gilmore and the Patriots could not agree on a restructured contract. By letting Gilmore go, the Patriots free up nearly $6 million in salary cap space.
Mike D'Abate is the host of the Locked On: Patriots podcast and spoke to NEWS CENTER Maine just hours after Wednesday's news. He was "stunned" by the move to release the Pro Bowl corner, but added this is not Bill Belichick "waving the white flag" on the season.
Gilmore was part of the Patriots team that beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, and he had a late-game interception that sealed the win.