Xavien Howard got his contract restructured, so is Stephon Gilmore next?

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Xavien Howard and the Dolphins have settled their differences.

According to multiple reports, Howard has agreed to a restructured deal with Miami. The cornerback had $1 million in Pro Bowl incentives and $3.5 million in additional incentives added to his contract for this year. Then with all minicamp fines rescinded, he can make upwards of $16,285,294 this season.

That would make him the highest-paid cornerback in the league.

Also, Howard also received assurances from the team that it will renegotiate a new deal following the 2021 season.

So, now that Howard's situation has been cleared up, it's worth wondering if Stephon Gilmore is next?

Gilmore remains on PUP following quad surgery late last season, but his contract also remains an issue. He's due to make $7 million in 2021 and he would like more.

A few weeks back, NFL Media's Mike Giardi reported Gilmore would be open to a bump in pay for the 2021 season, as he will be a free agent after this season. Some thought he wanted an extension.

Given the first preseason game is this week, it's getting close to time where the Patriots need Gilmore on the practice field to prepare for the upcoming season. And it doesn't seem likely he will practice until he gets a new contract.

There hasn't been much information reported on Gilmore's status of late, but that figures to change in the coming days and weeks.

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