Stephon Gilmore made a not-so-subtle threat last week about missing the start of Buffalo Bills training camp because of his dissatisfaction over how negotiations are going for a long-term contract extension.
Speaking from experience, Marcell Dareus doesn't agree with that approach.
“He’s got to understand that it’s a business and you’ve got to be patient,” Dareus told SiriusXM NFL Radio Tuesday. “You still have a job, do your job and just be patient. Let things fall where they may.”
That was how Dareus handled his contract-extension talks last year. The defensive tackle showed up on time for camp, practiced, played in the preseason, and eventually he and the Bills came to an agreement right before the start of the season.
Gilmore skipped the offseason conditioning program and OTAs. The cornerback showed up at One Bills Drive only for last week's mandatory three-day minicamp, pointing out on his Twitter account that he was merely avoiding a fine.
Although Gilmore said he was fully recovered from the shoulder injury he suffered late last season, he watched from the sidelines as his teammates practiced.
“My little differences with the team, the back and forth? We’re going to let y’all talk with my agent.” Dareus said. “I want to be out here and I want to practice. I just want to work out, let me do my thing, keep me out of the middle of it and come to me when we’ve really got to talk about something.
“I don’t want no outside distractions. I’m a pro now, I don’t need that. I have an agent, I have a lawyer, y’all talk about it with them. But other than that, I’m out here practicing, I’m on time, I’m working out, I’m getting in shape. Don’t bring it to me, I don’t want no outside distractions.
"When it’s time for me to come in (to be involved with the talks), when it’s time they’ve got to say something to me, they’ll say something to me. And, then, other than that, I have a job, thank y’all and I’m still at work. I’m on time, I’m working out, I’m practicing. Don’t come to me with no outside distractions.”