By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Pardon me while I take a brief victory lap. About 18 hours ago, I wrote that Stephon Gilmore deserves a raise. And, well, would you look at that: Adam Schefter reports that Stephon Gilmore is in fact getting a raise.
Per Schefter, Gilmore gets a marked salary bump from $10.5 million to $15.5 million, and can earn up to $17.5 million with added incentives. It is a well-deserved raise for the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and two-time First Team All-Pro, who has anchored the Patriots' elite secondary since he arrived in 2017.
It's not terribly surprising that the Patriots decided Gilmore deserved a salary hike, in the wake of Jalen Ramsey's record-breaking extension with the Rams and lucrative recent free-agent deals for guys like the Dolphins' Byron Jones and the Giants' James Bradberry.
Looks like Bill Belichick felt it was the right thing to do to reward his defensive MVP. It sends the right message to the team. Work hard, try to get better every week, and excel on Sundays, and you'll get an "attaboy." Good for Gilmore and good on the Patriots.
Unfortunately, Gilmore also popped up on the injury report on Thursday with a hamstring injury. So his status for Sunday's season opener against the Dolphins is worth monitoring. But Friday's news is certainly a major positive for a much-deserving franchise cornerstone.
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