The New England Patriots are set to sign defensive back Stephon Gilmore to contract once the next NFL year begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  The deal is being reported to be $14 million annually for five seasons.


Gilmore, along with AJ Bouye of the Houston Texans were reportedly viewed as the top free agent trackers at the corner position this off-season.  He will likely replace Logan Ryan, who is expected to leave via free agency.

The deal cannot become official until after the 4 p.m. mark when the next year on the NFL calendar officially begins.