Stephon Gilmore: “I just want what I’m worth, however that plays out”

Miami Dolphins v New England Patriots
Getty Images

Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore has demonstrated in various ways this offseason that he’s not happy with his current contract.

But now the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year has explicitly said the words.

Speaking to reporter Josina Anderson on Friday, Gilmore made it clear that his objective is to be paid his market value. He’s currently slated to make a $7 million base salary for 2021.

I just want what I’m worth, however that plays out,” Gilmore told Anderson. “Every player should be paid what they’re worth. That’s just how it is.”

However, Gilmore is not currently pushing for a trade out of New England.

“Hopefully we can find some common ground and get it situated,” Gilmore said. “I just know what I bring to the table and my style of play. Right now, I’m just trying to focus on myself and make sure I’m good mentally and physically.”

For the latter of those two categories, Gilmore did have offseason surgery to repair his partially-torn quad. He played only 11 games last season.

“I feel stronger than I’ve ever felt since the surgery. I’ve been running a lot, building full speed,” Gilmore said. He may or may not be ready for training camp, though, saying, “We’ll see; if I need to be. But I also don’t want to push it.”

Reporting as of mid-June indicated that there was no significant progress between Gilmore and the Patriots for a new deal. Perhaps Gilmore’s comments on Friday can push the situation to a resolution before training camps begin at the end of the month — whether Gilmore re-signs with New England or ends up elsewhere via trade.

57 responses to “Stephon Gilmore: “I just want what I’m worth, however that plays out”

  1. find some way to come to an equitable compromise easy peasy bonuses etc assuming training camp performance proves the good Gilmore we need is indeed back … as after all these guys of quality do not grow on trees in such an important position, the cash is there cap wise for a few more years, or should a trade offer become available of which cannot be refused and will be more than happy to in the future use .. take it as the team ain’t going to the superbowl any time soon as they transform into wot will be the new pats norm the next fives years out

  2. Ok, that makes sense.

    But did you feel that way last year, when you were fronted even more money, and weren’t worth your contract?

    You willing to give back money from last year?

  3. Is Stephane Gilmore one of the best Cornerbacks in the league? Yes
    Does he deserve to get paid? yes
    would I overpay him more than what he’s worth? no
    He’s coming off a quadricep injury from last year and he’s reaching 30 and cornerbacks in their 30s begin to decline, when the bills over paid him he stopped caring so I wouldn’t want the same thing to happen on the patriots.

  4. if you had surgery, you’re older and you may not be ready for training camp, then you are not worth as much as you think.

  5. You signed a contract that pays you what you are worth when you signed it. How about honoring your word?!! Don’t sign for multiple years if you don’t think your worth that in the end of the contract. Life long Patriots fan here and tired of these spoiled players bitching after they signed a contract! Wahhhhh!

  6. Looks like the Pats are going to use more of their crazy cap space on aging declining players.

  7. I always root for the players to get as much as they can. Bottom line is –they don’t care about you and would cut you if you weren’t great. The Patriots are basically over at this point and they need you. Get as much money as you can from them.

  8. mlhigh77 says:
    July 9, 2021 at 12:38 pm
    Good luck. As we know, the Pats are super cheap.

    24 16 Rate This
    —————-

    For people with a low iq, that’s the black and white take.

    For those of us who saw the Pats make numerous All Pro level players the highest paid at their positions in the past or p mlhigh77 says:
    July 9, 2021 at 12:38 pm
    Good luck. As we know, the Pats are super cheap.

    ————

    In 2017, Gilmore the highest paid CB deal football with tons of guaranteed money.

    NE has made numerous All Pro level players the highest paid at their positions for decades. They’re just not dumb like you want them to be or how John Elway handled business. Enjoying your 5+ year rebuild are ya? Hint: It shouldn’t take that long with a proper GM.

    Your take is one of a low iq person.

    Pats fans know better with a higher iq and don’t believe misinformation on the internet.

    Good luxk to you in that dark hole you live in.

    Your term of “cheap” really means SMART.

  9. Get what you can, while you can. With such a short window, I can’t blame any man for maximizing what he gets from his talents. This coming from a Bill’s fan who hated to see him sign with the enemy.

  10. I love it when the haters say the Pats are cheap. Those comments come from a sense of hate rather than logic and knowledge.

    All teams have a salary cap and like most teams, the Pats spend their entire allowance. Saying a team is cheap when they use all of its cap space is odd. The Patriots would rather cut lose a player that may be peaking or look to break the bank. They have a great history of them bringing in players on a show me type contract and watch them perform. Having a handful of players on monstrous contracts doesn’t make long-term sense.

    Feel free to knock the Pats for some draft missteps but it’s tough to say they are cheap. I would take their strategy for running a franchise vs other teams like the Broncos for example. The Broncos have won one SB in the last 22 years and it took a QB rental to get that done. They have won two AFC championships in the 2000’s. The pats have won 6 SBs and 9 AFC titles. I’ll take the poor drafting, cheap team please.

  11. He’s not as good as he used to be. Pats’ secondary will be fine without him.
    Nobody likes greedy whiners rocking the boat. . . least of all, B.B.
    Thanks for your past efforts, Stephon. I believe it’s time for you to go.

  12. I can’t blame a guy if he’s in it for the money. NFL careers don’t last forever. There’s no such thing as loyalty from the teams or the players. Why pretend?

  13. Only idiot GM’s sign injured players to large contracts before evaluating if they still can play at their previous level. Hearing him say how great he is now tends to be more like pay me now before you see how I can no longer run.

  14. I feel you brah. Im just tryna get my quarterly $2,500 sales commission check! #perspective

  15. “He’s currently slated to make a $7 million base salary for 2021.”

    Yes but he also got 18 million signing bonus which divided by the 5 years means he already got paid 3.6 million towards this season, so he’s really getting 10.6 million.

    He can certainly argue he’s worth more than 10.6 million as well as 7. Number 1 CBs are worth more than that in the pass happy league of the modern NFL, but its not as bad as you make it seem.

  16. Seattle will trade you Geno Smith for Gilmore. That way you can have a good back-up for Mac Jones. Don’t worry about Cam he’ll latch on with Denver.

  17. I’m sure if he hadn’t played a down over the last 2 years due to injuries or suspension he still would think he deserves to get paid. How about honor your commitment and shut your trap.

  18. I’m so tired of ppl saying honor your contract.The teams don’t. If anyone on God’s Green earth felt like they were underpaid and could go back and renegotiate their salary they would in a heartbeat, especially in a cutthroat business like the nfl. And please stop it with they’re getting paid millions to play a game if it was just a game hats wouldn’t cost $40 and jerseys $100+

  19. Here is how it will play out: “you have been traded to the Lions”. Enjoy Detroit!

  20. That goes with out saying, now if had said I just want less or more than I’m worth then it would be news.

  21. he knows the door is closing so he’s trying to leverage a release or trade to a “contender”

  22. touchback6 says:
    July 9, 2021 at 1:06 pm
    Looks like the Pats are going to use more of their crazy cap space on aging declining players.
    ———
    In 2017, Gilmore the highest paid CB deal football with tons of guaranteed money.

    NE has made numerous All Pro level players the highest paid at their positions for decades. They’re just not dumb like you want them to be or how John Elway handled business. Enjoying your 5+ year rebuild are ya? Hint: It shouldn’t take that long with a proper GM.

    Your take is one of a low iq person.

    Pats fans know better with a higher iq and don’t believe misinformation on the internet.

    Good luxk to you in that dark hole you live in.

    Your term of “cheap” really means SMART.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Ty, please do not speak for the rest of us Pats fans. We are grateful for the last 20 years of success and continue to root for Brady in his post-Pats career. We understand the pain of other team’s fans because we remember how bad the Pats were before Kraft / Belichick / Brady. Since you profess to be SO much “smarter” than everybody else wouldn’t the “smart” move for you be to find a new team to root for? Please?

  23. patsbrat says:
    July 9, 2021 at 2:16 pm
    touchback6 says:
    July 9, 2021 at 1:06 pm
    Looks like the Pats are going to use more of their crazy cap space on aging declining players.
    ———
    In 2017, Gilmore the highest paid CB deal football with tons of guaranteed money.

    NE has made numerous All Pro level players the highest paid at their positions for decades. They’re just not dumb like you want them to be or how John Elway handled business. Enjoying your 5+ year rebuild are ya? Hint: It shouldn’t take that long with a proper GM.

    Your take is one of a low iq person.

    Pats fans know better with a higher iq and don’t believe misinformation on the internet.

    Good luxk to you in that dark hole you live in.

    Your term of “cheap” really means SMART.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Ty, please do not speak for the rest of us Pats fans. We are grateful for the last 20 years of success and continue to root for Brady in his post-Pats career. We understand the pain of other team’s fans because we remember how bad the Pats were before Kraft / Belichick / Brady. Since you profess to be SO much “smarter” than everybody else wouldn’t the “smart” move for you be to find a new team to root for? Please?

    0 2 Rate This

    —————-

    The days of misinformation and lying by the media feeding trolls like that guy are over. All these bullies will be confronted here and elsewhere.

    Season tix since ‘78 (names engraved on the seats) will be passed down to me soon. I’ve been going to games since I was a litltle kid in the early 80s. Was at the first ever title in January of 1997. I am not going anywhere.

    Yes, NE is incredibly intelligent as an organization and some of our fans are as well because we pay attention, including paying close watch to Goodel and his cheating of our team, where we are forced to know the rules in and out as a result.

    Stop feeding trolls.

  24. capegolfer says:
    July 9, 2021 at 12:38 pm
    How about you honor the contract that YOU signed.

    _________________________________________________

    Does the NFL honor the contracts that are signed. The answer is NO

  25. Hope he doesn’t get a raise. We can’t afford to give Xavien Howard and even bigger bump.

  26. As a Pats fan, I love the dude, but as a realist, he’s old and coming off a bad injury to have at his position. Unless he comes in and proves he’s one hundred percent and willing to do a short term deal, im ok if this guy is gone or holds out. Pats can afford not to have him. Right now hes wearing the money blinders.

  27. He’s playing for $7M + $3.6M (1/5 signing bonus) + 735K roster = $11.3 mil, which contributed to the $13M average of his contract 5 years ago. The top 10 CBs average salaries is about $17M (he is currently 13th). Is he top 10 in play? Possibly. He is one year removed from DPOY. So I see NE tapping that $13M in caps space they have for 2 or 3 more $mil with maybe another $1.5mil in incentives (games played, picks, etc.)

  28. Big difference between what you’re worth and what you think you’re worth

  29. capegolfer says:
    July 9, 2021 at 12:38 pm
    How about you honor the contract that YOU signed.

    —————-
    Do teams always honor the contract on their end? Of course not. And they NEED Gilmore. Look what happened when they tried to have JC Jackson cover Stefon Diggs last year…

  30. He’s arguably the Pats best player, and he won them a SB almost single-handedly.

    He deserves to get paid. I’m sure they’ll work something out, but if he’s playing for another team in the fall, it’s a big loss for the Pats. The secondary is their biggest strength.

  31. In the long run Stephon only hurts himself by holding out if the Patriots refuse to budge. Stephon needs to show that he can play well this season in order to maximize his value for a big deal next year in free agency. Plus the fines for holding out are expensive. The Patriots, on the other hand, have other cornerbacks that they can use while Gilmore has no alternative. It might be different if the Patriots were on the cusp for another Superbowl championship, but currently their odds are about 30:1.

  32. donnymacjack says:
    July 9, 2021 at 1:52 pm
    Seattle will trade you Geno Smith for Gilmore. That way you can have a good back-up for Mac Jones. Don’t worry about Cam he’ll latch on with Denver

    _______
    Is Geno Smith related to that bust for the Jets? Whatever happened to that guy?

  33. its no longer how well you play its how well you are paid… they are all overpaid!

  34. Well, seeing as you are already being paid more than you are worth, does that mean you’re going to give some back?? Nah, didn’t think so…

  35. VinScope says:
    July 9, 2021 at 2:53 pm
    capegolfer says:
    July 9, 2021 at 12:38 pm
    How about you honor the contract that YOU signed.

    —————-
    Do teams always honor the contract on their end? Of course not. And they NEED Gilmore. Look what happened when they tried to have JC Jackson cover Stefon Diggs last year…

    7 15 Rate This
    —————-

    It’d be wise of you ti get the pandemic season out of your head.

  36. What’s a Covid infested attention seeking Diva coming off surgery and the wrong side of 30 worth in the NFL nowadays?

  37. “Every player should be paid what they’re worth. That’s just how it is.”

    No Stephon. That’s just not how it is.

  38. I don’t begrudge a player anything, that’s said in response to Steph.. No sir that’s not how it works, when you underperform are you or any other player paid less? As a hard working American it’s increasingly difficult to support players or anyone really when they say things that are patently false.

  39. Herman Peters says:
    July 9, 2021 at 2:25 pm
    capegolfer says:
    July 9, 2021 at 12:38 pm
    How about you honor the contract that YOU signed.

    _________________________________________________

    Does the NFL honor the contracts that are signed. The answer is NO

    13 27 Rate This

    ———————

    Not really true. Guaranteed money is guaranteed money. It doesn’t need to be like baseball with Bobby Bonilla.

    The problem is the middle or lower tier guys don’t get enough salary compared to upper titer guys under the cap.

  40. For everyone saying that teams do not honor contracts…..that’s just not true. However, based on the current COLLECTIVELY-BARGAINED AGREEMENT, the teams do have the advantage in contract situations. If the team does not honor their contact, they are violating labor laws and it would be handled that way…..don’t see that happening. If you don’t like the teams having the power in contract situations, then collectively bargain for it the next time the deal with the NFL is up. The players give away this power and then complain that they don’t have it…..stand strong as a union and get what you want next time……if it’s really that important to you.

  41. Bill will make a fair office but it will have some performance based element, games played and maybe a team performance bonus. Will Gilmore see that as fair? He should given last year’s inability to stay healthy.

    That defense, especially given the help special teams will provide, will perform at a high level.

  42. This should’ve been said by his agent, if it wasn’t allow me. Stephen the only way to know what you are worth at this moment is to be on the open market but you aren’t you’re under contract. And we knew this team was not going to in all likelihood bump your compensation if you felt undervalued. So do you want to try and force your way out? I don’t recommend it, I think it will provide little benefit and you may find the grass isnt greener or has less job security. You’re in a place you feel you’re not making enough well, have a standout season and show teams you still have enough in the tank and we’ll try to get you somewhere next year. But for now I’m afraid your bed is made, and I don’t think we can get you a new room you’ll actually like more.

  43. if every player was paid what he is worth their wouldn’t be a need for salary cap.

  44. This double standard people have about player contracts is mystifying. Players have limited careers. They should try to make every dime they can. People seem to have no problem with teams dumping an underperforming player. Usually, less than half a player’s contract is guaranteed. Do people not understand this?

    ESPN just did a poll of over 50 NFL execs, coaches and players. Gilmour was the 4th best CB.. AFTER last year. The top guys make 15-20 mil. Sorry, Gilmour is right. I think something gets done.

  45. No way you extend his contract coming off an injury at 30….
    Offer him incentives that can bump his salary with number one being game availability….then basic things like pro bowl nod, interceptions, tackles, pass breakups, stuff like that…..play for another payday…if he doesn’t like it he can sit & get nothing….

  46. He’s been hearing from EVERYONE around him about all that free agent money they handed out.

    “Where’s yours?”

    No way he gets a new deal after this unless BB has decided that this is HIS last year in NE and is going scorched earth in his final campaign.

  47. redclaw1314 says:
    July 9, 2021 at 2:57 pm
    In the long run Stephon only hurts himself by holding out if the Patriots refuse to budge. Stephon needs to show that he can play well this season in order to maximize his value for a big deal next year in free agency.
    ___________

    I think he just wants to get this lame duck season over with. Since the Pats aren’t offering him any extension, he’s only got FA to look forward to. While he didn’t play to DPOY level last season (IMO he never deserved the award in the first place) he still had a solid year and didn’t hurt his value any. The only thing hurting his value is the one thing he can’t do anything about – his age.

  48. touchback6 says:
    July 9, 2021 at 1:14 pm
    mlhigh77 says:
    July 9, 2021 at 12:38 pm
    Good luck. As we know, the Pats are super cheap.
    —————-
    In 2017, Gilmore the highest paid CB deal football with tons of guaranteed money.

    Your term of “cheap” really means SMART.
    ———————————————————————————————————————————
    Good thing they were being cheap (smart) when they signed Cam Newton.

  49. Translation: I better hold out now and get more money before they see how bad I’m gonna suck next year

  50. Team almost always honor the guaranteed money. The only exceptions are for criminal behavior, reckless behavior, or retirement. People whining about a player being cut and free to sign with 31 other teams have a really cold take.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.