FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts – NFL Ruling Player of the Year Stephen Gilmore has received a $ 5 million raise from the New England Patriots, leading to the opening of the season on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, according to ESPN league sources Adam Shefter.
Gilmore was supposed to earn a base salary of $ 10.5 million in 2020, but the club increased his salary to $ 15.5 million, sources said.
Gilmore could earn up to $ 17.5 million if incentives are achieved.
This is the fourth year of a five-year, $ 65 million deal that Gilmore signed with the Patriots as a free agent in 2017. At the time, the contract was among the richest for a corner in the NFL.
The market has exploded since then, causing Gilmore to rise.
Gilmore, who turns 30 on Sept. 19, tied for the league’s lead with six interceptions last season, returning two of them for touchdowns. His 20 defensive passes tied his career high as he became the first quarterback to win the NFL Defender of the Year award since Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Troy Polamalu in 2010.
Draft for the first round of Buffalo bills in 2012 by the University of South Carolina, he spent the first five years of his career at Buffalo.