The New England Patriots have had a busy Tuesday morning. After making the tough call to release 2020 starting quarterback Cam Newton, the team has made a decision on Pro Bowl cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
The Patriots will reportedly place Gilmore on the Physically Unable to Perform List (PUP) to start the year, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. That means the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year will miss at the least the first six games of the year as he continues to recover from quad surgery that he underwent at the end of the 2020 season.
New England will be pleased to hold onto Gilmore as whispers of trade involving the cornerback started to grow amidst an ongoing contract dispute. The four-time Pro Bowler is set to make just over $7 million this coming season in the final year of his five-year deal, but he made clear over the summer that he wants a new contract.
The Patriots and Gilmore might be able to work something out on the front over the next few weeks as he remains on the PUP list so that he can return to the secondary once he is fully healthy.
Patriots placing Pro Bowl CB Stephon Gilmore on the Physically Unable To Perform List, which means he will miss at least the first six games, per source. He is recovering from quad surgery at end of last season. His agent Jason Chayut of @SPORTSTARSNYC confirmed the move to ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2021
Gilmore had a bit of a down year in 2020 between testing positive for COVID-19 early on in the year and then sustaining a partially torn quad in Week 15. He still tallied 37 total tackles in 11 games, but made just one interception, which was a far cry from the six that he made during his Defensive Player of the Year season in 2019.
At the age of 30, Gilmore might be hard-pressed to replicate the success that he’s had in the past. However, once he gets healthy, the Patriots will be eager to plug him back into the line-up and hope that he can return to top form.