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Status of Bills CB Stephon Gilmore Still Up in the Air as Camp Gets Closer

Stephon Gilmore

Stephon Gilmore voiced the not-so-subtle threat during the Bills’ mandatory minicamp last month.

He just might not be there when training camp opens on July 29.

Gilmore firmly believes he’s an “elite cornerback” and is angry the Bills won’t pay him what elite cornerbacks are being paid (i.e., the five-year, $75-million deal Josh Norman received to join the Washington Redskins as a free agent). For now, he just might be mad enough to skip some or all of camp, Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports.

Common sense suggests that NFL players who are under contract don’t stage lengthy holdouts, because they’re too expensive. Holding out results in a daily fine through camp. Missing regular-season games results in lost wages. Giving up a season means not simply the loss of money (in Gilmore’s case, $11.082 million), but also the squandering of a year of playing that can never be recouped.

But you never know when a player just might dig in his heels and challenge his team to a test of wills. It’s highly unlikely, but far from impossible.

That scenario could very well end up playing out in Denver, where Broncos star outside linebacker Von Miller is unhappy that the club has not made him the kind of offer he’ll accept to replace the franchise tag he is wearing. Despite Miller’s Super Bowl-MVP performance, the Broncos appear to have no inclination to give him the kind of money that would make him the NFL’s top-paid defensive player. Consequently, some people around the league can see Miller holding out not just for all of training camp, but for the entire season.

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