3. Cowboys Don’t Re-Sign Stephon Gilmore
Sticking with the defense, Jerry Jones and the rest of the front office must decide if they want to re-sign Stephon Gilmore, who turned back the clock this season.
The 33-year-old Gilmore was traded by the Indianapolis Colts last offseason and stepped up when fellow starter Trevon Diggs suffered a torn ACL ahead of Week 3. The veteran cornerback helped solidify a Cowboys’ pass defense that was one of the best in the NFL (187.4 yards per game allowed, fifth-fewest).
Gilmore produced 68 combined tackles, 13 pass deflections, and two interceptions in this bounce-back showing. The veteran defensive back gave up his share of receiving touchdowns (four), but had a 55.8 completion percentage allowed on targets and an 82.7 pass rating when targeted.
Even though his pass rating was a little bit higher than normal, Gilmore and DaRon Bland were an excellent duo at the starting outside cornerback spots.
Spotrac projects Gilmore to get a one-year deal worth $11M this offseason, which might be too rich for the Cowboys, who have Bland and Diggs. I wouldn’t put it past the Cowboys to draft a rookie cornerback. Al Harris is doing a tremendous job coaching the defensive backs up.
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