It appears Stephon Gilmore is progressing toward a return to the field.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Gilmore is "recovering really well" from a partially torn quad that ended his 2020 season in December.
From NFL Now: #Patriots CB JC Jackson has signed his RFA tender, but that doesn't mean he'll definitely be on the roster for the 2021 season. Plenty of questions still in the secondary... pic.twitter.com/FdlhxFiOf6— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 16, 2021
It seemed like the Patriots were going to trade Gilmore entering the offseason. However, now it looks like New England might try to extend him.
The 30-year-old is reportedly "very open" to signing an extension with the Patriots.
Gilmore is set to earn $7 million in base salary in 2021 after the Patriots borrowed from the final year of his contract last September to give him a preseason raise. That's well below market value for a star cornerback who was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2019.