The New England Patriots have released All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
It was a move that completely shocked the sports world as they recated to it on socvial media:
The 31-year-old has been dealing with a quad injury since last season that limited him to just eleven games played. He entered this year upset about his contract situation as his base salary was around $7 million, not nearly enough for a player of his caliber.
Gilmore and the Patriots weren’t able to come to a resolution, so he sat out mandatory minicamp in June and was fined $94,000. When they couldn’t come to an agreement, the team placed Gilmore on the physically unable to perform list a month later when he reported for training camp.
The three-time All-Pro and 2019 Defensive Player of the Year will have little trouble finding a new team as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are already being mentioned as a possible next destination.
Gilmore posted a note on Instagram, saying goodbye and thank you to Patriots fans and team owner Robert Kraft.
Not a single mention of head coach Bill Belichick.