Stephon Gilmore speaks out on contract issues: 'Every player should be paid what they're worth'
Former South Carolina star Stephon Gilmore is locked in a bit of a contract dispute with the New England Patriots. He wants a new contract, and has held out of the team’s mandatory minicamp.
The 2019 Defensive Player of the Year is set to earn a $7 million base salary in 2021 after the Pats moved up $4.5 million last year. That salary currently places Gilmore 24th paid among corners, per Over The Cap, NFL.com reported.
“I just want what I’m worth, however that plays out,” Gilmore told Josina Anderson. “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. Right now I’m just trying to focus on myself & make sure I’m good mentally & physically.”
Gilmore has allowed the Patriots to shift their defense to other areas of the field as he’s developed into a reliable No. 1 corner.
He signed a five-year, $65 million contract in New England in 2017. He’s since been surpassed as the highest-paid at his position. He’s also outplayed that contract, becoming a centerpiece of Bill Belichick’s defense.
The veteran underwent offseason surgery to fix a partially torn quad after playing in just 11 games last season. He told Anderson that his rehab is going well, but he’s unsure if he’ll be ready for training camp later this month.