Although, Giardi adds that Gilmore is willing to take a pay increase for the 2021 season before hitting the open market in 2022 in order to make this situation work.
According to Giardi, there’s still time for the two sides to get an agreement in place, considering that veterans aren’t scheduled to arrive for training camp until July 27.
Earlier in the day, Albert Breer reported that there has been no recent progress on the contract situation between the Patriots and Gilmore.
However, Breer explained that people from both sides have been on vacation and with the start of camp looming, the time to get something done is approaching.
In an interview last week, Gilmore said he just wants what he’s worth. The tone from both sides has been optimistic about reaching a resolution, but until they do a trade can’t be ruled out.
Gilmore held out of mandatory minicamp to make a point about his contract. He’s due just $7 million in 2021 and is seeking a raise after winning Defensive Player of the Year in 2019.
Gilmore came up as a potential trade candidate at the deadline last year, but the Patriots ultimately held on to him.
Gilmore, 30, was taken with the No. 10 overall pick by the Bills back in 2012. He played out his rookie contract, but the Bills elected to pick up his fifth-year option for the 2016 season.
Gilmore would later depart for a five-year, $65 million contract that includes $31 million guaranteed with the Patriots. He stands to make a base salary of $7 million in 2021.
In 2020, Gilmore appeared in 11 games for the Patriots and recorded 37 tackles, one interception, a forced fumble and three passes defended.
We’ll have more on Gilmore as the news is available.