Just weeks after adding a Pro Bowl veteran quarterback to lead its offense, the Indianapolis Colts have found one to guide its secondary.
Stephon Gilmore, one of the few remaining marquee names on the 2022 free agency list, agreed on a two-year deal to join the club, according to a report by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Now 31 years old, Gilmore is joining his third team in less than a year after starting the 2021 season with the New England Patriots and getting shipped off to Carolina for a sixth round pick and an eight-game visit.
Playing in mostly zone formations, Gilmore played well in Carolina and was viewed as a leader on the team’s young secondary after becoming disgruntled with the Patriots organization.
In a bit of NFL drama, the Colts schedule shows he’ll travel to Foxboro this fall to face off against his old team.
As a Colt, Gilmore joins QB Matt Ryan and Yannick Ngakou on a team that hopes to make a Super Bowl run in 2022.
The team needs players like Gilmore after its secondary allowed 32 passing TDs (2nd-most in NFL) and an average of 234 yards-per-game (19th) in 2021.
Terms of Gilmore’s two-year contract weren’t immediately disclosed.