CB Stephon Gilmore Wants To Re-Sign With Cowboys
Veteran cornerback Stephon Gilmore just completed his 12th season in the NFL, playing for his fourth team in as many years. Despite this recent bouncing around, Gilmore has proclaimed his interest in remaining in Dallas for the 2024 season, according to Jon Machota of The Athletic.
“I want to come back,” Gilmore said on a local radio show. “We can’t talk until March, but that’s the goal, because I think we do have the pieces to get to where we want to go, and I want to be part of that.”
Gilmore, 33, has struggled with injury in recent years, though his season stats may not show it. After missing five games, including the final two with a partially torn quad, in 2020, Gilmore would miss the first seven weeks of the 2021 season due to the prior year’s injury.
He’d make a strong rebound in 2022, starting every game but the season finale in Indianapolis, but injuries would turn their ugly head once again in 2023. Three weeks ago, it was reported that Gilmore had found out that he had torn his labrum in his right shoulder before Super Wild Card weekend.
An injury like that is certainly grounds for season-ending surgery that late in the season. Gilmore, though, made the conscious decision to delay surgery, toughing it out for what he hoped would be the second Super Bowl run of his career. Gilmore wore a shoulder harness and played 100 percent of the defensive snaps for Dallas in their loss to the Packers.
I’ll do it three more times if I get the chance. According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, the Cowboys’ season was officially over after the loss to the Packers, and Gilmore underwent surgery soon after. Gilmore’s expected recovery time after surgery is four to six months, so he should be back in time for training camp wherever he decides to sign.
It’s not entirely clear whether the limited communications before March that Gilmore mentioned were voluntary. Because both sides must have full access to each other for negotiations. However, Gilmore is interested in returning to training camp with the Cowboys.