Stephon Gilmore‘s contract continues to be a midsummer NFL talking point. The All-Pro did not attend the Patriots’ mandatory minicamp and is going into the final year of a contract several less accomplished cornerbacks have since surpassed.
“I just want what I’m worth, however that plays out,” Gilmore said in a text to veteran NFL reporter Josina Anderson (Twitter links). “Every player should be paid what they’re worth. That’s just how it is. Hopefully we can find some common ground & get it situated. I just know what I bring to the table & my style of play.”
Gilmore, 31 in September, is due just a $7MM base salary this season. This amount was set to be higher, but the Patriots moved money to give the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year a raise in 2020. In terms of average annual value, Gilmore’s $13MM mark has dropped to 13th. The Pats gave Gilmore a five-year, $65MM accord in 2017. The former Bills first-round pick has since become one of the game’s premier cover men, earning first-team All-Pro recognition in 2018 and ’19.
The Pats are not expected to do a new deal with Gilmore ahead of camp, however. The more likely scenario will be adding incentives for him to reach in 2021, similar to how the team played it with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in 2018. Gilmore is coming off a down season, playing in just 11 games due to contracting COVID-19 suffering a torn quadriceps. On the latter front, Gilmore said he has been running “a lot” since his quad surgery, though he stopped short of confirming he would be 100% by camp (Twitter link via Anderson).
Even though this situation remains unresolved, Gilmore confirmed to Anderson he is not planning to push for a trade. This supports previous reports indicating this situation is not contentious at this point.
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