New England Patriots to release CB Stephon Gilmore
It's a stunning move by the Patriots, who apparently couldn't get anything for the corner in the trade market. Rapoport noted that health was a concern for teams considering trading for Gilmore. It's still possible that a trade could happen in the coming hours before the 4 p.m. ET transaction deadline -- but given his contract desires, it seems unlikely at this point.
The former Defensive Player of the Year has dealt with a quad injury that resulted in offseason surgery and landed him on the PUP list to open the season. Rapoport reported that the Pats were open to giving Gilmore a raise during the offseason but wanted to see him healthy first.
Gilmore sitting out of training camp and landing on the PUP list was characterized as a hold-in in an effort to get a new deal after the Pats bumped some of his 2021 pay into 2020 to appease his contract concerns last year.
Gilmore's contract called for just over $7 million in base salary this season after the Patriots moved up $4.5 million last year during training camp to appease the corner. That cash figure ranks 24th among all corners in 2021, per Over The Cap.