Stephon Gilmore just text me he is signing with the #Colts.
— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) April 15, 2022
Last season, Gilmore played for his hometown team Carolina Panthers, finishing with 15 solo tackles and two interceptions.
Meanwhile, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported that the Colts would be giving Gilmore a two-year, $23 million contract.
There were speculations that the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year might join the Los Angeles Rams.
However, he signed with a team that needs to upgrade its pass defense.
The Colts ranked 19th in passing yards allowed at 234.1 per game.
He and fellow Pro Bowler Kenny Moore would make a solid cornerback tandem.
Gilmore’s addition gives Indianapolis an All-Pro in all levels of defense.
They have defensive tackle DeForest Buckner who became a First-Team All-Pro in 2020.
Likewise, outside linebacker Darius Leonard is a three-time First-Team All-Pro.
Making Moves For Their Division Rivals
The Colts felt the need to add Gilmore because other AFC South teams made an upgrade at wide receiver.
Meanwhile, the Tennessee Titans signed former Ram Robert Woods.
The Titans might be known for their run-first offense courtesy of Derrick Henry.
However, adding weapons to their receiving corps alongside A.J. Brown doesn’t hurt.
If the Colts want to win the division, they must stop these receivers from having big games.
Gilmore gives them a solid enforcer who can shut down wideouts.
Indianapolis doesn’t want another disappointing end to their season.
After adding Matt Ryan on offense, it’s right that they paid attention to their defense too.