June is the time of year when football fans get a bit ornery. The excitement in regards to the NFL draft is over and after mandatory minicamp there's no football until training camp begins in late-July or early-August. A simple joke can lead to some overreactions from fans, and that's what happened on Monday.
The Buffalo Bills will be holding their mandatory minicamp from Tuesday to Thursday, and on Monday a familiar face returned to Western New York. Stephon Gilmore, Buffalo's No. 1 cornerback who was not in attendance for any of Buffalo's voluntary workouts, recorded a message that was shared by the Bills Twitter account.
Some have speculated that Gilmore's absence from the team's voluntary workouts was contract-related. Gilmore is looking for a long-term deal with the Bills so there certainly could be some truth to the speculation. That said, Gilmore is also recovering from shoulder surgery and wouldn't have been able to do much at the voluntary sessions.
Gilmore decided to stir the pot on Monday and tweeted the following from One Bills Drive.
The cornerback's tweet seems to be in jest, but it still led to some overreactions on social media platforms. A few fans have attacked Gilmore's tweet as he's set to make over $11 million this season. Although that's quite the pay raise from what he had been making, Gilmore likely sees his value in the $13-$14 million range. He's looking for financial stability long-term.
In the famous words of Aaron Rodgers, upset fans at Gilmore's tweet need to "relax." Gilmore was arguably the team's defensive MVP in 2015 and he's simply trying to parlay his strong play into a long-term deal.