The Green Bay Packers had a wonderful 2020 season. They finished first in the NFC and hosted the NFC Championship Game. Alas, they fell in that matchup to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the eventual Super Bowl champions. One of the main issues was defensive back play, which has led some to think that they should trade for Patriots star Stephon Gilmore.
It was a surprising run of sorts, as the team had seemingly thrown in the towel on Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay selected quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, trading up nonetheless to select him. Rodgers responded by taking home his third career MVP award.
Suffice to say, the Packers have some work to do smoothing things over with their MVP winning, placeholding quarterback. Where the Packers also have to figure things out is on the defense, specifically at defensive back.
The Packers have a budding star in Jaire Alexander at one cornerback spot. Finding someone opposite to complement him has been more difficult. The NFC title game was a prime example of that, as the Buccaneers abused Kevin King.
With King entering free agency, Green Bay will be on the lookout for a new partner to tandem with Alexander. Could Stephon Gilmore be the answer to the Packers’ problems?
Adam Rank of NFL.com suggested that the Patriots move on from Gilmore with Green Bay being the destination. New England was hit hard, especially on the defensive side of the ball, by players opting out. When you add that to Brady departing, it is impressive they were even able to win seven games with how little production they got on offense from the passing game.
Gilmore won Defensive Player of the Year in 2019 and has been one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL during his time with the Patriots. However, Bill Belichick is always willing to move on from a player a year too early than a year too late. Could this be the year Gilmore is moved?
J.C. Jackson is blossoming across from Stephon Gilmore and had a good 2020 season. He actually received a higher grade from Pro Football Focus this past season than Gilmore did and could be ready to assume the No. 1 cornerback slot on the depth chart.
The tried and true practice by Belichick and company is something that could be in play once again this season. They have a replacement ready in Jackson and the defense should be replenished as long as all of the players who opted out return.
If New England gets offered a package they like, it would not be a surprise to see Gilmore moving on this offseason. And the Packers make perfect sense as a potential landing spot.