New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore skips minicamp amid contract holdout

Amid a contract holdout, New England Patriots All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore did not report to minicamp Monday and is not expected to attend additional mandatory practice sessions this week.  According to sources, Gilmore was not present at the team’s first minicamp session Monday morning in Foxborough, Mass. The nine-year veteran is subject to more than $93,000 in fines for skipping minicamp, which runs from Monday through Wednesday.

The 30-year-old Gilmore is entering the final year of his contract with the Patriots. He signed a five-year, $65 million contract with the franchise as a free agent in 2017.  Gilmore is a four-time Pro Bowl selection, two-time All-Pro and 2019 Defensive Player of the Year; hr recorded 37 total tackles, three passes defensed, an interception and a forced fumble in 11 starts last season. Hr missed five games last season due to injuries and underwent season-ending quadricep surgery in December.

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