The New England Patriots are releasing four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Stephen Gilmore, he confirmed on social media. ESPN’s Adam Schaffter first reported the news.
Gilmore, 31, is currently physically unable to perform on the list with a torn quad, which requires off-season surgery. He was eligible to return to action after week 6.
“It is with mixed feelings that I say goodbye to this great fan base,” Gilmore posted on social media. He also thanked Patriots owner Robert Kraft, the coaches and their teammates.
As ESPN reports, the two sides failed to agree on the terms of a renegotiated contract. Gilmore’s release leaves about $5.8 million in the salary cap space.
Gilmore spent the last four more seasons with the Patriots, establishing himself as one of the league’s top cornerbacks. He won Super Bowl LIII with New England.
He made the Pro Bowl each of the last three years, and in 2019, was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, recording 53 tackles and six interceptions. He played 11 matches last year.
Gilmore was in a five-year deal last season worth $65 million and was due to make $7.2 million in base salary for the 2021 campaign.
He spent the first five seasons of his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills.