Stephon Gilmore will wear No. 24 with the New England Patriots after wrestling the number away from Cyrus Jones.

"I just asked him, 'Can we do it?' and we just came to the conclusion that we were going to switch," Gilmore said. "He was genuine enough to do it so I was happy for it."

Gilmore wouldn't reveal whether he gave Jones anything for the number.

"We just — we talked about it," the cornerback said. "I already knew him from previous years. We just made a decision that we would make it happen."

The Patriots signed Gilmore away from the Buffalo Bills in free agency.