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Patriots reportedly tweak Stephon Gilmore's contract to free up cap space, which could mean team will be active at trade deadline

Ryan Hannable
October 20, 2018 - 8:56 am

The Patriots are always looking ahead.

According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, the Patriots recently did a simple restructure to Stephon Gilmore’s contract, freeing up a little over $3.7 million in 2018 cap space. The Patriots cornerback is still due $9 million this year and future years untouched. He's signed through 2021.

The move is worth noting because of where the Patriots were against the cap.

Prior to the tweak, the Patriots had just over $1 million in cap space, which would have made any move difficult to do. Now, with close to $5 million in cap space, the team has the flexibility to make a move or two if it so chooses.

This is important with the Oct. 30 trade deadline fast approaching. 

New England always seems to be active around this time and with more cap space to work with, it likely won't be any different this year.

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