The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots picked up the 2016 Pro Bowler as a free agent this offseason. Gilmore, 26, was the No. 10 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. During his five-year tenure, the Bills posted a 36-44 record and never went to the playoffs, finishing last in the division twice. The Patriots have won two Super Bowls in that timeframe and have lost the AFC East since just once since 2002.
"My People finally going to get to see me play on tv," Gilmore tweeted Monday. "#Patsnation #aboutthattime."
The Bills were 2-8 against the Patriots in Gilmore's five seasons with the franchise.
After seeing Gilmore's tweet, Buffalo WGRZ news anchor Jonah Javad said he would have fun with it when he went on the air.
My People finally going to get to see me play on tv. #Patsnation#aboutthattime— The Gilly Lock (@BumpNrunGilm0re) July 17, 2017
"Hooooo boy, we're gonna have fun with this tonight on @WGRZ," Javid tweeted. "Make sure you tune in by 6:20pm. Trust me, #BillsMafia."
Javid proceeded to post a clip from his rant against Gilmore in Monday's sports segment.
"Stephon Gilmore took a jab at the #Bills for not playing on national TV as much as the Patriots," Javid wrote as the caption for the clip, calling it a "clap-back."
"It was sunny and 75 today but that didn't stop an ex-Buffalo Bill from throwing shade on his former team," Javid said during the segment. "Stephen Gilmore spent five years with the Bills, before signing with the Patriots in March."
"That's [tweet] is Gilmore taking a jab at the Bills for not playing on TV as much as the Patriots. Since Gilmore's people didn't get to see him play on TV, here's what they missed out on."
"Guess if you can't beat 'em, join 'em right? Get your popcorn ready," Javid said. "Gilmore and the Pats come to town in Week 13."
The Bills battle the Patriots on Dec. 3 at Ralph Wilson Stadium and on Christmas Eve at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
Gilmore did not rank inside the NFL Network's Top 100 players for 2017. Pro Football Focus ranked the Patriots as the No. 2 secondary heading into 2017. He posted the 15th lowest passer rating (70.6) when targeted, according to the site. Pro Football Focus rated the Bills as the NFL's No. 24 secondary last season.