Glad for him. He did a good job for us, and was sorry to see him go. That said, I hope they keep Tony McDonald on the payroll. Love the big guy!
Also, our FO would do well (and they probably do), to learn some from Belicheck's FA dealings.
He (Gilmore) finished last season with a career-high five interceptions for 135 return yards. Gilmore also broke up 12 passes and added 42 solo tackles.
Rapoport said the potential deal will eclipse $14 million per season.
The Patriots are also retaining veteran defensive tackle Alan Branch on a two-year deal worth up to $12 million, Rapoport reported.
Retaining Branch is quietly a big deal. The gap-plugger was a key part of New England's defense, a unit that didn't allow a single running back to top 90 yards on the ground last season. Ranked 25th in NFL.com's Top 101 Free Agents list, Branch is playing his best football at 32 years old.
Patriots head coach Belichick makes a living off waiting for defensive players to mature before plucking them at their prime. For the last five years, he's had a front row seat to Gilmore in the AFC East and knows exactly how he'll fit into the system.
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