Following four years, two All-Pro seasons and one Super Bowl victory together, star cornerback Stephon Gilmore and the New England Patriots are struggling to lock in their longterm future. Entering the final year of his contract, the 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year has yet to sign an extension.
That being said, one of Gilmore’s fellow secondary veterans, safety Devin McCourty, believes it will all be worked out soon.
“All that stuff usually gets resolved,” McCourty said, per Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com. “And whenever a player’s contract comes up it’s between kind of between the player and the team, so that all will be figured out. It was good seeing my guy again. And like I’ve always said, he’s one of the best corners in this league. He’s been the best guy for the last couple of years, obviously defensive MVP, and he’s really made this defense operate at a different level when he’s out there. So anytime I get an opportunity to be out there on the field with him, gives us a better chance to win, makes us a better defense. So it is great having you here in the locker room and on this team.”
After holding out on mandatory minicamp earlier this offseason, Gilmore has reported to this week’s start of Pats training camp. The 10th year corner is currently operating on the physically unable to perform list due to a torn quad he suffered in a Week 15 loss against the Miami Dolphins this past season.
Gilmore is slated to make $7 million through the 2021 season — no where near the price of a top corner in the league. In a since-deleted tweet from a few weeks back, the New England star publicly shared displeasure with his salary — replying to a post about the NFL’s top-paid cornerbacks with the caption “oh ok…”
While the Patriots may not have Gilmore locked in for a longterm future with the team, his presence at this week’s training camp indicates he’ll at least participate in the final year of his contract.
And with a litany of free-agent signings on the defensive end this offseason, a healthy Gilmore will likely be an important piece of the Pats’ 2021 unit.