Jacksonville Jaguars: Does trading for CB Stephon Gilmore make sense?

New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24). (Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports)
New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24). (Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback CJ Henderson #23 and Davante Adams #17 (Tork Mason/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin via USA TODAY NETWORK) /

Does it make sense for the Jacksonville Jaguars to target Stephon Gilmore?

The Jacksonville Jaguars will enter the offseason with plenty of decisions to make. Some of them have to do with re-signing their own players while others relate to the kind of contributors they want to bring in. Although the draft and free agency will be their main means to acquire talent, they could always add players via trade, and if they decide to take that path, trading for New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore could be an option.

Chris Roling of Bleacher Report put together a list of potential blockbuster moves that would involve teams in need of clearing cap space or parting ways with unhappy players. He believes Gilmore would upgrade the Jaguars cornerback room and could serve as a mentor for C.J. Henderson who was trending up before being placed on the Injury Reserve List with a groin injury.

Before the trade deadline, New England wanted a first-round and a player for Gilmore and although the cost may be too steep, the Jaguars have the cap space to take on his $17.2 million salary in 2021 and an extra first-round pick, the second one they got from the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for Jalen Ramsey in 2019.

Gilmore is a talented player, and he could bring some positives to Jacksonville. On the other hand, pulling a trade for the Patriots cornerback may not be in the best interest of the team. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of trading for him.