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Tom Brady reportedly doesn’t attend 1st day of Patriots offseason workout program, other stars do 04.17.17 at 8:51 pm ET
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Tom Brady reportedly wasn't at the Patriots' offseason workout program Monday. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady reportedly wasn’t at the Patriots’ offseason workout program Monday. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Monday marked the official start of the Patriots offseason workout program. While they are voluntary, typically many stars attend.

One star who wasn’t in attendance Monday was quarterback Tom Brady, this according to CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran.

But don’t worry, he will be there Tuesday, as he’s returning from a family vacation. Also not in attendance was Malcolm Butler, but he couldn’t attend even if he wanted to since he hasn’t signed his first-round tender.

There were several key players in attendance, though.

Courtesy of a Patriots.com video, we were able to spot Rob Gronkowski, Stephon Gilmore, Julian Edelman James White, among many others. The workouts center around strength and conditioning and coaches cannot be present, just the strength and conditioning ones.

This is Phase One of the offseason program.

For more information on the nine-week program, click here.

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Malcolm Butler reportedly still ‘not over’ Patriots signing Stephon Gilmore 04.05.17 at 2:11 pm ET
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Malcolm Butler reportedly still isn't over the Patriots signing Stephon Gilmore. (James Lang/USA Today Sports)

Malcolm Butler reportedly still isn’t over the Patriots signing Stephon Gilmore. (James Lang/USA Today Sports)

It’s been roughly a month and apparently Malcolm Butler isn’t over it.

On the first day of free agency, the Patriots signed free agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a five-year, $65 million deal — the most money the Patriots have ever given a defensive player. Butler had been in contract negotiations with the team for the past year, but New England opted to sign Gilmore to that deal, which likely means not enough money for a long-term deal for Butler.

According to CSNNE’s Mike Giardi, Butler is still “not over” the Gilmore deal or the team having reported interest in Richard Sherman, but knows he “can’t change it.”

The report adds Butler’s head is in the “right place,” even if he needs to return to the Patriots and play for $3.91 million as a restricted free agent with a first-round tender. He wants to prove his worth, which will set him up for next offseason when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Bottom line, it appears things are trending towards Butler signing his tender (which he has until June 15 to do) and then return to the Patriots for 2017 and team up with Gilmore at cornerback for one season before being an unrestricted free agent where he can sign with any team.

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Patriots reportedly were interested in Richard Sherman before signing Stephon Gilmore 03.29.17 at 1:23 pm ET
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Before signing Stephon Gilmore, the Patriots reportedly were interested in Richard Sherman. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

Before signing Stephon Gilmore, the Patriots reportedly were interested in Richard Sherman. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

The buzz at the NFL league meetings this week was the Seahawks are open to trading cornerback Richard Sherman if the right offer is presented to them.

The Patriots are no longer a candidate considering they signed Stephon Gilmore to a five-year deal worth $65 million, but according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, before they signed Gilmore they spoke to Seattle about Sherman.

Sherman turns 29 during this season and is set to make $11.4 million and $11 million next year, the final year of his contract.

While Sherman would have been fun to have in New England, talks likely didn’t get very far as the Seahawks would likely want a lot in return, and the Patriots probably wouldn’t have been willing considering Sherman’s salary and the team only controlling him for two years.

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Robert Kraft compares new Patriots WR Brandin Cooks to Randy Moss 03.27.17 at 7:45 pm ET
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Robert Kraft compared Brandin Cooks to Randy Moss on Monday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft compared Brandin Cooks to Randy Moss on Monday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots offense got a whole lot better after the team traded for Brandin Cooks the day after free agency began a few weeks ago, but Cooks’ impact may be bigger than first thought — at least according to owner Robert Kraft.

Speaking to reporters at the NFL league meetings in Arizona on Monday, Kraft compared Cooks to Randy Moss.

“Since I’ve owned the team, the only player that could make an impact like that at wide receiver was Randy Moss. He doesn’t have his height, but it looks like he has his speed,” Kraft said. “I think that’s complimentary to what we have on the team, and I’m excited about enjoying this.”

The Patriots acquired Cooks and the Saints’ fourth-round pick by giving up their first-round pick (No. 32 overall) and a third-round pick.

Kraft also spoke about new cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who the team signed to a five-year deal at the outset of free agency.

“I know our football people are very high on him,” Kraft said. “He’s a bigger man than we’ve traditionally had at that position. They did a lot of homework. I’ve actually had the chance to spend some time and chat with him and watch how he’s performed and we’re excited about him joining our team.”

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Stephon Gilmore ‘would love to team up’ with Malcolm Butler in Patriots secondary 03.13.17 at 3:20 pm ET
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Stephon Gilmore is a fan of Malcolm Butler. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports)

Stephon Gilmore is a fan of Malcolm Butler. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots could have one of, if not the best cornerback tandem in football next season with Stephon Gilmore and Malcolm Butler.

Gilmore signed a five-year deal with the Patriots last week at the start of free agency, but things are a bit unclear with Butler.

The 27-year-old is a restricted free agent and since the Patriots placed a first-round tender on him is set to make $3.91 million this season. Butler hasn’t signed the deal, and is reportedly upset about his salary, especially considering the Patriots are paying Gilmore $13 million per season.

There’s a chance a team places an offer sheet on Butler, or the Patriots trade him, so there’s no guarantee he plays with them next season.

Speaking on a conference call Monday, Gilmore sounded like he hopes to get the chance to be able to play alongside Butler.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen with that, but I’m looking forward to it,” Gilmore said. “He’s a great player. He’s made a lot of good plays in the league. So I would love to team up with him and play with him.”

The former Bills corner has always been a fan of Butler’s game, especially his story of being an undrafted free agent to making the game-winning play in Super Bowl XLIX.

“Obviously, he came in the league undrafted, so he came in and grinded his way up to the top,” Gilmore said. “And he’s made a lot of good plays in the league, so you’ve got to respect him as a player. He’s made a lot of great plays on big stages. I definitely respect him as a player.

“Playing in this league, you’ve got to have a strong mentality playing at the corner position, and I think he has that. He has that fight in him. That’s one thing that sticks out from watching him. He always comes back. If you get him, he always puts it behind him and makes plays the next play.”

Gilmore said Chris Hogan and Devin McCourty have already reached out and have welcomed him with “open arms.”

The No. 10 overall pick in the 2012 draft said he’s willing to help the Patriots in any way he can, but would describe himself as mostly a man-to-man cornerback.

“I think a strong part of my game is just being physical at the line of scrimmage and playing a lot of man-to-man coverage,” Gilmore said. “I’m just ready to do whatever the coaches want me to do to make the team better. I’m down for whatever challenge they want me in. I think me just pressing at the line of scrimmage and making plays on the football, that’s my strongest point of my game.”

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New Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore names daughter Gisele, but not for reason many think at 2:53 pm ET
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New Patriots cornerback named his daughter Gisele. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports)

New Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore named his daughter Gisele. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports)

It was an exciting week last week for new Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

The 26-year-old signed a five-year, $65 million deal with the Patriots and 45 minutes after getting back from Foxboro, his wife gave birth to their second child.

The name is very familiar to Patriots fans, but there was good meaning behind it.

“I actually named her Gisele Sienna Gilmore,” Gilmore said on a conference call Monday. “My wife’s name is Gabrielle, so we thought of a ‘G’ name and we picked Gisele. She was seven pounds, eight ounces. I don’t know how long she was, but it was a blessing when she came into this world.”

Gisele is their second child, as they have a son named Stephon Sebastian, who turns two in April.

“A boy and a girl, so I have the best of both worlds,” Gilmore said.

Gilmore came from the Bills where he totaled 14 interceptions in his five years with the team after being drafted No. 10 overall in the 2012 draft.

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Details of Stephon Gilmore’s contract with Patriots emerge 03.09.17 at 4:11 pm ET
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The Patriots reportedly are giving a lot of money to Stephon Gilmore. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots reportedly are giving a lot of money to Stephon Gilmore. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots must really like Stephon Gilmore.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Gilmore’s contract with the Patriots is for five years and $65 million with $40 million guaranteed.

This is a ton of money by Patriots standards.

He’s played his first five years in the league with the Bills after being the No. 10 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft out of South Carolina. In his career, Gilmore has 13 interceptions in 52 games.

Gilmore’s signing also is likely connected to Malcolm Butler and it’s worth wondering if Butler was seeking more than the $13 million per year Gilmore is getting.

The Patriots reportedly have been discussing an extension with Butler since last offseason, but haven’t been close to a deal.

For more on Butler’s future, click here.

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