The Green Bay Packers are in an awkward situation with their star wide receiver. Well, Stephon Gilmore is in a similar situation with the New England Patriots, too. The veteran cornerback didn’t show up for the offseason program. He skipped workouts for the same reasons as Aaron Rodgers.
The fact that Gilmore didn’t return to work triggered an avalanche of reactions about his long-term stay in New England.
Guess what… Gilmore’s situation is now taking a different turn. A positive turn. Are you surprised? It seems like the former Defensive Player of the Year will stay in New England a little longer than predicted.
Head coach Bill Belichick broke his tradition in 2017. The team needed a real No.1 cornerback, and Belichick gave Gilmore a good contract. The former Buffalo Bill cornerback needed more time to adjust to the system but he became the best option for Belichick at corner. Coach Belichick signed him to a five-year deal worth $65 million.
Gilmore became a key contributor in the 2018 Super Bowl. He got the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in his third year as a Patriot. Gilmore struggled in 2020 and suffered a partially torn quad. He needed time to recover and yes, he wants a raise.
Stephon Gilmore to fix his situation with the Patriots
The veteran cornerback will earn just $7.5 million in 2021. He has a problem with this salary. Gilmore skipped the offseason program and analysts got worried about his future with the Patriots.
Coaches watch players in training camp and make a decision on their future. What happens when players don’t show up?
A lot of fans believe that Gilmore won’t join his teammates in training camp. Here’s what happened next…
Mark Daniels of The Providence Journal confirmed that the reported to Gillette Stadium. The Patriots placed him on the active/physically unable to perform list. Seven other players ended up on the same list. Chase Winovich and Jarrett Stidham were placed on the PUP list as well.
Gilmore showed up and this is actually a good sign. Maybe he will seal his deal in the next few weeks.