Gilmore is in the final year of a five-year contract and is unhappy with his salary. The four-time Pro Bowler and 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year is set to earn $7 million this season.
Gilmore is expected to miss the entire three-day minicamp, which will earn him over $93,000 in fines. Considering he’ll turn 31 in September and is unlikely to be extended by New England, it is conceivable Gilmore may get traded at some point.
Elsewhere, the reaction from around the league includes speculation from various media members about Gilmore potentially fitting on the team they cover.
#Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore is heading into the final year of his contract with a salary of only $7M. He did not show up for mandatory minicamp this morning.
Jalen Ramsey is trying to recruit him to LA. pic.twitter.com/yJKVrgBRh4
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) June 14, 2021
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) June 14, 2021
Here’s why the Patriots and Stephon Gilmore might disagree on the contract. Gilmore is only making $7.3M in new money, 24th among CBs. BUT he also has the biggest cap hit among CBs at $16.3M. Each side has a fair argument as to why they wouldn’t budge. https://t.co/hKgowq2qye pic.twitter.com/Sh2p9kPNsb
— Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) June 14, 2021
If Stephon Gilmore's available, I want the #Seahawks to trade for him.
— Paul Gallant (@GallantSays) June 14, 2021
Former Seahawks QB says fans should keep an eye on Stephon Gilmore situation https://t.co/4Iy8gGOdsl
— Field Gulls (@FieldGulls) June 14, 2021
On why cowboys should trade for Stephon Gilmore 👀💪🏾✭ pic.twitter.com/aNHSNBNTOF
— Spoonie Minute 💪🏾✭ (@Spoonie881) June 14, 2021
We’re not quite there yet in regards to Gilmore getting traded, as there is still time for he and the Patriots to work things out. However, if Gilmore is intent on standing his ground, we’d imagine Bill Belichick will do the same.
If that’s the case, the two-time All-Pro will be playing elsewhere this fall.