One of the biggest questions heading into the start of training camp for the Buffalo Bills was all about their top cornerback. Stephon Gilmore is entering the final year of his contract with the team, and his desire for a new, long-term deal has been well-documented through the offseason.
Near the end of minicamp in June, Gilmore even hinted that a holdout could be on the horizon if there was no new deal in place. Last week, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported that the Bills and Gilmore would head to training camp without a new contract. Although there was insinuation that Gilmore would indeed report to training camp, it wasn't explicitly stated.
That much has been cleared up today by ESPN's Josina Anderson:
Despite no new deal #Bills CB Stephon Gilmore told me, "I'm planning to go out to training camp. I know what I am. It'll happen eventually."
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) July 25, 2016
As it stands now, Gilmore will play out the 2016 season under his one-year, $11.082 million for the Bills. He'll become an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year in the NFL, in the beginning of March 2017.