Bengals Free Agency: Stephon Gilmore needs to be on Cincy’s radar

Stephon Gilmore - Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
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Bengals free agency has been pretty eventful so far with the Cincinnati Bengals putting a lot of work into their offensive line. Now they need to add help to their secondary, more specifically, to their cornerback room. Stephon Gilmore is someone the stripes should be trying to recruit.

Alex Kay of Bleacher Report put together a list of the best fits for the remaining intriguing free agents and said Gilmore’s best fit was with the Bengals.

Kay offered this analysis:

"Gilmore may be 31 years old but still showed he has plenty left after recovering from a season-ending injury in 2020. The five-time Pro Bowler earned a commendable 77.1 PFF grade after being traded to the Carolina Panthers last year.While the Bengals may not be able to give Gilmore the most money—the team is only $13.1 million under the cap right now—they offer him a chance to play for a winner and contend for the duration of his next contract."

The final sentence there is key. Gilmore isn’t going to make the most money he possibly can with Cincinnati but he’d be playing for a contender and that’s the best recruiting tool the Bengals have after a trip to the Super Bowl last season.

Bengals Free Agency: Stephon Gilmore should be priority

Gilmore spent the first five years of his career with the Bills before playing with the Patriots for four years and then playing for the Panthers this past year. He won the Defensive Player of the Year award for his 2019 season in New England where he had 53 tackles, 20 defended passes, and six interceptions (two returned for touchdowns).

Kay also mentioned that Gilmore is 31 years old, which is something noteworthy. He’s not going to get a big contract at this stage of his career but if he wants a shot at winning another Super Bowl ring, Cincinnati makes a lot of sense for him.

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