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Stephon Gilmore heading to New England

Stephon Gilmore reportedly will sign with the New England Patriots in one of the most shocking moves of free agency.

Who says the Patriots won’t spend money?

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore is heading to New England today.

(In a side note, it’s hilarious that every tweet of news is coming with “barring any final snags,” but also a recognition that anything can happen until 4 p.m.)

Gilmore gives them a shutdown-level cornerback to put across from Malcolm Butler, who got the first-round tender as a restricted free agent. With cornerback Logan Ryan headed to free agency, the Patriots have filled in with a significant upgrade.

The former Bills first-rounder was aiming for a huge payday, the kind the Patriots don’t hand out very often.