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Report: Colts Host Pro Bowl Cornerback Stephon Gilmore on Free Agent Visit

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The Indianapolis Colts hosted free-agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore for a visit on Wednesday, according to Joel A. Erickson, a team insider for the Indianapolis Star.

Throughout his illustrious career, Gilmore, a former first-round pick by the Buffalo Bills back in 2012, quickly established himself as one of the league’s more dominant corners and has earned a combined five Pro Bowl selections for the Bills, New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers, respectfully.

In 2019, Gilmore was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year after garnering a career-high six interceptions, including two interceptions returned for touchdowns, 20 pass deflections, a forced fumble, a sack and 44 solo tackles.

Outside of a few moves, the Colts have been fairly quiet for the better part of free agency. But after trading away cornerback Rock Ya-Sin earlier this offseason, adding a proven veteran in Gilmore would provide a significant boost to the Colts’ cornerback room, as he would pair well alongside starters Isaiah Rodgers and Pro Bowler Kenny Moore II.

What’s also noteworthy is the Colts “sent a jet” for Gilmore’s visit today, according to Josina Anderson.

Gilmore is coming off a solid season with the Panthers after being traded in mid-October of 2021. Through eight games (three starts), the multi-time Pro Bowler had two interceptions and 16 solo tackles to go along with two tackles for loss.

Gilmore will turn 32 once the regular season starts around mid-September. His resume speaks for itself over the previous ten seasons, and there are plenty of reasons (and stats) to suggest that the veteran cornerback has several more valuable years left.