Stephon Gilmore Is "In Town" - What Does It Mean For His Future With Pats?

By Jason Hall

June 22, 2021

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Things are starting to look promising in relation to Stephon Gilmore's ongoing situation with the New England Patriots.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported Gilmore was absent from the first day of the three-day minicamp on June 14 as part of a holdout for a new deal while rehabbing from a quad injury.

However, NFL Network's Michael Giardi reports Gilmore is in town and it's not "to get any sort of physical checkup for the team," with Giardi adding that sources confirmed Gilmore's injured "quad has not restricted his workouts for some time now."

Additionally, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports Gilmore's holdout will likely end in positive talks as the veteran "seems to enjoy being a Patriot, is open to sticking around, and this was his least-expensive-but-most-decisive way of sparking more productive contract talks with the team."

Gilmore, the 2019 Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year winner, is currently in the final year of a 5-year, $65 million contract, which includes a $7 million base salary in 2021.

Gilmore's salary is 24th among all NFL cornerbacks, but his $16.265 million cap number is among the highest at the position, reports.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about Gilmore's absence at minicamp earlier this month and instead addressed severe weather making it difficult for players to return to town, without specifically addressing the Pro Bowl cornerback's plans.

"Had a little weather here, we're working through some travel arrangements," Belichick said. "We'll see what the full level of participation is here today and for this week. I'm sure we'll have a pretty full roster."

The 30-year-old veteran is entering his 10th NFL season and his fifth with the Patriots after joining the franchise in 2017.

Gilmore has since outplayed his initial $65 million deal and is expected to be among the top 10 players at his position, despite coming off a quad injury in 2020.

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