Chiefs reportedly in on Stephon Gilmore at right price

Stephon Gilmore, Carolina Panthers. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Stephon Gilmore, Carolina Panthers. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

The Kansas City Chiefs could be in the running to add Stephon Gilmore in his NFL free agency.

If the dollars make sense, then consider the Kansas City Chiefs a team that could potentially sign perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Stephon Gilmore this offseason.

Jeffri Chadiha reported Kansas City is a possible landing spot for Gilmore in his NFL free agency if the “price comes down.” The former South Carolina standout and Rock Hill, South Carolina native spent the latter part of last season playing for his hometown Carolina Panthers. Prior to that, Gilmore put together an incredible career with the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots.

While Gilmore is coming off his fifth Pro Bowl nod, 2022 will be his age-32 season in the NFL.

Stephon Gilmore in Kansas City Chiefs free agency plans at the right price

Signing Gilmore would mean two things. The first means he would be replacing Charvarius Ward at cornerback in the Chiefs secondary. Ward has already signed with the San Francisco 49ers in his free agency. The other means Tyrann Mathieu is almost certainly not coming back. Mathieu is as high-profile of a name as Gilmore, but he would be too expensive to bring back alongside Gilmore.

For as great as general manager Brett Veach has been when it comes to navigating the salary cap, even he could not overcome the daunting financial issues the Chiefs faced this offseason. Once again, this is the downside to paying a star quarterback big money. Patrick Mahomes is worth every penny, but his larger slice of the pie comes at the expense of other players getting theirs.

This is why the Chiefs let Ward walk, traded away Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins and may potentially see The Honey Badger leave in his free agency as well. Though the Chiefs would do great by adding a hall-of-fame-level cornerback in the back-end of their defense in Gilmore, how sure are we the Chiefs, or any team for that matter, are not paying him for what he used to be?

At the right price, Gilmore makes sense for the Chiefs, but they cannot pay a premium for him.

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