Patriots HC Bill Belichick alluded to some players running into weather issues while traveling that delayed them.
But weather was not responsible in Gilmore’s case per Howe, and it was widely expected he would not be in attendance this week as he is seeking a new contract.
Gilmore is in the final year of his contract and is “very open” to an extension. But if New England isn’t willing to give it to him, it’s unlikely he plays out the 2021 season at what he’s currently scheduled to make — just $7 million.
Gilmore came up as a potential trade candidate at the deadline last year, but the Patriots ultimately held on to him.
His name emerged in trade rumors again this offseason but the Patriots have not been actively shopping the former Defensive Player of the Year so far. That could possibly change if the impasse between the two sides continues.
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.