Cornerback Stephon Gilmore is reportedly leaving the Bills, but staying in the AFC East. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

Get ready for this one, Bills fans: Stephon Gilmore is set to sign with the New England Patriots.

That's according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who reported Thursday morning that the deal will go down when the NFL's new league year opens at 4 p.m., barring "any final snags."

As arguably the top-ranked cornerback available in free agency, Gilmore is expected to land a monster contract in the neighborhood of $13 million annually. The Patriots have spent big at cornerback before, notably bringing in Darrelle Revis for one year back in 2014.

Gilmore, 26, has spent the past five seasons with the Bills, who made him a first-round draft pick in 2012 out of South Carolina. He made his first Pro Bowl in 2016 (as an injury replacement), finishing the season with a team-high five interceptions and 12 passes defensed.

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