Star cornerback Stephen Gilmore, who stayed in hopes of getting a new contract, reported to the Patriots training camp in time, a source confirmed.
Gilmore was among players reporting Thursday as quarterback and players recovering from injuries, while most Patriots players are not required to report until Tuesday.
According to a source, the veteran will also start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list as he works to come back from a torn quad injury suffered late in the 2020 season.
Gilmore stayed away from off-season workouts, both voluntary and mandatory, in hopes of making adjustments in the final year of his current contract, which is due to pay him $7 million.
While his arrival may indicate progress in negotiations, it is important to note that Gilmore lost $50,000 each day of training camp. This figure rises to $390,000 for every game – including Precision Games – missed.
So disputed or not, Gilmore was inspired to report. It is still possible that a deal will eventually be struck, and there is confidence both sides will continue to work toward that end, but the move made sense from the cornerback’s point of view.
The Patriots need a healthy Gilmore, who helps consolidate all the improvements and upgrades made to the defense, and the front seven, especially during the off-season. He needs a shutdown corner to help him contest elections in 2021.
The Pats, however, are reluctant to expand the soon-to-be 31-year-old cornerback to the big money over the long haul. It’s possible a settlement could be reached, and it’s been reported that Gilmore is open to another one-year bump for this year.
Gilmore’s injury also comes into play, though he recently told NFL reporter Josina Anderson that his recovery from off-season surgery to repair his partially torn quad was going well.
“I feel stronger than I’ve felt since surgery. I’ve been running a lot, building at full speed,” Gilmore said, but added about his preparation for training camp : “We’ll see; if I should be. But I also don’t want to pursue it.”
Along with Gilmore, the Patriots placed seven others on the active-PUP list, including quarterback Jarrett Stidham, which is a surprise, linebacker Chase Vinovich, defensive tackle Byron Covert, linebacker Terez Hall, tight end Byron Coward, special teamer Brandon King and wide. Receiver Devin Smith.
Gilmore’s arrival was first reported by ESPN.