Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore reports to camp, per source – Lowell Sun
Star cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who had been holding out in hopes of getting a new contract, reported to Patriots training camp on time, a source confirmed.
Gilmore was among the players reporting on Thursday as quarterbacks and players recovering from injuries were due in, while the majority of Patriots players don’t have to report until Tuesday.
Per a source, the veteran will also start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list as he works his way back from the torn quad injury he suffered late in the 2020 season.
Gilmore stayed away from offseason workouts, both voluntary and mandatory, hoping to have adjustments made to the final year of his existing contract, which is due to pay him $7 million.
While his arrival could signify progress in the talks, it’s important to note that Gilmore stood to lose $50,000 per every training camp day missed. The figure escalates to a reported $390,000 for every game — including preseason games — missed.
So dispute or not, there was motivation for Gilmore to report. It’s still possible for a deal to get struck eventually, and the belief is the two sides will continue to work toward that end, but this move made sense from the cornerback’s perspective.
The Patriots need a healthy Gilmore to help solidify all the improvements and upgrades made to the defense, and front seven in particular, during the offseason. They need a shutdown corner to help them contend in 2021.
The Pats, however, are reluctant to extend a soon-to-be 31-year-old cornerback big money over the long haul. It’s possible a compromise can be reached, and it’s been reported that Gilmore is open to another one-year pay bump for this year.
Gilmore’s injury also comes into play, although he recently told NFL reporter Josina Anderson that the recovery from offseason surgery to repair his partially-torn quad was going well.
“I feel stronger than I’ve ever felt since the surgery. I’ve been running a lot, building full speed,” Gilmore said, but added about his readiness for training camp: “We’ll see; if I need to be. But I also don’t want to push it.”
Gilmore might not want to see the field until the contract situation is resolved, and the PUP list protects him for now.
Along with Gilmore, the Patriots placed seven others on the active-PUP list including quarterback Jarrett Stidham, which is a surprise, linebacker Chase Winovich, defensive tackle Byron Cowart, linebacker Terez Hall, tight end Byron Coward, special teamer Brandon King and wide receiver Devin Smith.
ESPN was the first to report news of Gilmore’s arrival.