It appears as though Stephon Gilmore’s holdout will not stretch into training camp.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Gilmore reported to the New England Patriots Thursday with training camp set to begin next week — injured players and rookies arrived this week.
Gilmore, who sat out mandatory minicamp in June and didn’t participate in optional organized team activities as well, was one of eight Patriots put on the physically unable to perform list. Gilmore is recovering from a partially torn quad he injured last December.
Gilmore’s presence has been notably absent throughout the offseason as he his clearly unhappy with his current contract situation. The 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year is in the final year of a five-year deal and set to earn a base salary of $7 million. Gilmore did have $4.5 million of this year’s salary moved up to 2020.
Gilmore’s salary is on the much lower end compared to other top corners in the league and it seemed likely that he would not be present once practices started up next week. Gilmore will count against the 90-man roster, but can come off the PUP list at any time and go right into practicing. But without a new contract in hand, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, it will be worth monitoring how long it will actually take Gilmore to get on the field for training camp and how long he stays on the field as well.
Back in June, Patriots players supported Gilmore as went through his contract dispute with the team.
“The best thing to do is let him know you support him with what they’re going through and hope everything works out for them and their family,” said Adrian Phillips. “We want him back, but you understand there’s a business side.”
Joining Gilmore on the PUP list were defensive tackle Byron Cowart, linebacker Terez Hall, tight end Dalton Keene, special teamer Brandon King, wide receiver Devin Smith, quarterback Jarrett Stidham — the most surprising name on this list — and linebacker Chase Winovich.
The rest of the team’s veterans are set to report on Tuesday and the Patriots first practice of training camp comes on Wednesday.