Stephon Gilmore, reportedly attending Patriots camp, to start training on PUP roster
Stephon Gilmore doesn’t intend to resist after all. By ESPN Yates field, Gilmore was in attendance when the veterans showed up at training camp for the New England Patriots on Thursday, ending any speculation over possible resistance to a contract dispute.
Gilmore and the Patriots have not made progress on reaching a new deal, despite the 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year wanting a contract extension, making him one of the cornerbacks. highest paid in the game. Gilmore is entering the final year of his contract and his total cash value of $ 7.7 million is good for just the league’s 26th among cornerbacks. That’s a low price for a player who has currently outperformed his contract.
Gilmore didn’t have much influence if he held on, as he would face a $ 50,000 fine for every day of training missed. With Gilmore reporting to camp and being placed on the PUP roster, former NFL agent and CBS Sports contributor Joel Corry pointed out that Gilmore’s quad injury “could give him cover for a” detention. ” where he shows up to training camp to avoid fines and doesn’t participate in training because he’s not ‘100%’ until the parties find common ground. ”
In other words, the Patriots and Gilmore created extra time to close a deal while Gilmore avoids missed practice fines.
Despite only playing 11 games last year due to the season-ending quad injury, Gilmore still enjoyed a Pro Bowl season and was one of the best cover corners. of the league. The opposing quarterbacks only had a 66.7 passer rating targeting Gilmore while completing 56.3% of their passes. Teams were still scared to test Gilmore, targeting him just 48 times, which is why he only managed to defend three assists that year.
The Patriots and Gilmore have time to settle their differences. Gilmore showing up at Foxborough was a good start.