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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 31: Stephon Gilmore #9 of the Carolina Panthers looks on before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 31, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, Stephon Gilmore spoke with local Boston media since being traded from the Patriots to the Panthers in early October. Gilmore was very candid in his answers, and may have given the reason for the disconnect between him and the Patriots organization that led to the trade.

“I wasn’t ready at the beginning of training camp, I’ll be completely honest with you. “But the only thing, I just didn’t like how they handled my situation with my injury. A lot went on with that that I didn’t agree with,” Gilmore said. “I don’t want to get into specifics. I just didn’t agree with it and I’ve just put it behind me.”

The 31-year-old cornerback was placed on PUP before training camp as he worked his was back from a torn quad he suffered late last season. At the time, it was also believed Gilmore was participating in a ‘hold in,’ or internal holdout, regarding the final year of his contract which has him making just $7 million.

Asked if his contract played into his departure from New England, Gilmore replied “A lot goes into it. It’s not one specific thing. At the end of the day, it’s a business. They treated it like a business. We made the best decision for each other.”

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