Despite his quest for a new long-term contract, Gilmore has shown up for the start of training camp, The Buffalo News reports. "I looked at every situation, but it was a smart thing for me to come here and be with my teammates, work on my game, do whatever I can to improve myself individually and as a team," said Gilmore on Friday.
Gilmore is one of the league's top corners, but he's seeking Josh Norman-type money and the Bills are reluctant to give him that much, especially with a year left on his rookie deal. The Bills have a number of other issues entering camp between some surprise injuries and surprise off-field activity, so it's good that Rex Ryan's 1-on-1 cornerback stud is on board and healthy again, even as negotiations limp along.
Gilmore said Tuesday that he's got a clean bill of health following offseason shoulder surgery, The Buffalo News reports. "I am. I feel good. I was out there practicing after practice, I feel great," said the veteran cornerback. "Catching balls and I've been training just like every year, so I feel good."
The Bills are keeping Gilmore to individual work during this week's minicamp, but that has more to do with no one wanting to risk injury while the team continues to look at settling on a long-term deal with one of the league's best young corners. Gilmore says he'll show up for training camp in July even if the contract's not settled (he's in the final year of his rookie deal), but wouldn't commit to being there for the start of camp.
Gilmore is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is poised for a lucrative extension after a solid first four seasons in Buffalo. Along with defending 21 passes last season, a figure that ranked just outside the Top 10 league-wide, Gilmore has emerged as the Bills' No. 1 cornerback, an all-important position in head coach Rex Ryan's defense. Until Gilmore signs a new contract, he's expected to remain away from voluntary workouts, such as this week's OTAs.
Gilmore missed the last four games of the 2015 season, but he's expected to be healthy for the start of 2016. He'll start at cornerback across from Ronald Darby (hernia), with the duo forming one of the league's better CB tandems.
Stephon Gilmore (shoulder) has been placed on IR by the Buffalo Bills .
With Gilmore out for the season, look for Leodis McKelvin and Ronald Darby -- who both played all 77 of the Bills' defensive snaps in Week 14 -- to continue to head the team's cornerback corps down the stretch. Gilmore finishes up the 2015 campaign with 36 tackles and three picks in 12 games.
|P3||8/26/16||@ WAS||7:30 pm|
|P4||9/1/16||@ DET||7:30 pm|
|1||9/11/16||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|5||10/9/16||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|7||10/23/16||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|9||11/7/16||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/20/16||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|