2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Stephon Gilmore, who is scheduled to make just $7 million this season (well below market value for a top tier CB), as expected, did not show up to mandatory minicamp today.
Gilmore, who is 30 years old and in the final year of a 5 year-$65 million contract, will likely hold out for a new deal. I can't say that I blame him after the notoriously cheap Patriots handed out money like open mic night flyers this offseason.
Regardless if I agree with the strategy or not, after spending the better part of two decades obsessing over the New England Patriots, it would not shock me in the least if they ended up trading or even cutting Gilmore. I don't want to see it happen, but I'm frankly expecting it. You're likely familiar with Belichick's mantra of preferring to move on from a player a year too early, rather than a year too late, and this is a textbook example of that situation.
Enter scene, Jalen Ramsey.
There's no denying that Jalen Ramsey of the Los Angeles Ram is one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL, but he's also one of the most annoying sportsmen of recent memory IMO.
Sure, I'm basing a lot of my disdain for him from NFL Films Mic'd Up coverage of the 2017 (2018) AFC Championship Game that saw Mr. Ramsey's Jaguars blow a 20-10 4th quarter lead against a Gronk-less New England Patriots, but now I'll never fuck with him.
Now it's personal, my guy.
Respectfully, suck my dick, dude. What tf is this shit? There's no need to poke that bullet wound. I know the Rams don't have a first-round pick until 2058, but the Patriots and their fanbase deserve a 3rd rounder, at the very least, for the intentional emotional distress this tweet has caused.
This is textbook tampering, and if Roger Goodell had an ounce of integrity (which we all know he does not), he'd strip Jalen Ramsey of his NFL privileges and lock him up for a least....let's say 50 years, in honor of Mookie Betts for this stunt. If I were a gambling man (which I am; TML was +48 units), I'd bet the commish will give the Rams an extra 1st rounder just to stick it to the Pats.
Even though I've been seriously considering reinstating my Red Sox fandom on a trial-casual-basis for socializing purposes (and low key missing such a big part of my identity for nearly 20 years), this is exactly why I'm not ready to move past the Mookie trade (even with him slumping this year).
It was such a loser franchise/city mentality to trade away such an elite player TO SAVE MONEY WHEN YOU'RE WORTH BILLIONS. It's almost as stupid as the government giving Jeff Bezos 10 billy bailout when he's worth nearly 200 billion and probably will be by the time I finish this blog. Not only did the Sox ship away the best player on the team, but they've given every fanbase and even pro athletes in different fucking leagues ammo for the next 10 years. Boston was a loser sports city (outside of the Celtics) for 40ish years until the Patriots became the greatest dynasty of all time and the Red Sox broke the curse; now you've got guys referencing the Mookie trade to get more elite players out of Boston.
I like Gilmore and want to see him stay, but I'm actually sort of okay with moving on, especially if the deal is right. He was banged up last year and is now "on the wrong side of 30". That being said, fuck you, Jalen. The Rams are super cap-strapped, and Gilmore wants a new deal. How would this even work? Let's not find out!