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Belichick releases statement on Patriots, Stephon Gilmore parting ways

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Stephon Gilmore's career with the New England Patriots is about to end. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday morning that the team is releasing the former All-Pro cornerback. The move won't become official until 4 p.m. ET, so it's technically still possible for the Patriots to trade Gilmore before releasing him.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick put out a statement on Gilmore's situation shortly before his press conference Wednesday.

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The statements end with the following sentence: "Following discussions over a long period of time, we mutually agreed to part ways today."

Here's the statement in full:

Gilmore should be a coveted player if he hits the free agent market on Wednesday.

Several teams reportedly have interest in acquiring him, including NFC contenders the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers.

Gilmore, 31, was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award winner in 2019 but missed a bunch of games in 2020 due to a quad injury. He has not played for the Patriots this season and has spent the last several months on the PUP list.