While the New England Patriots’ roster has all been accounted for during their training camp, they have been dealing with a contract dispute with one of their stars.
Despite not holding out during camp, Pats linebacker Matthew Judon has made it clear that he is not happy with his current contract situation.
Today, Judon and the Pats settled the issue.
According to NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Patriots have agreed to give Judon a raise for this season that will give him $14 million guaranteed instead of the $2 million he was due and the potential to make $18 million total instead of $12.5 million for the 2023 season.
Sources: Four-time Pro-Bowl DE Matthew Judon and the Patriots reached agreement on a contract adjustment that will take his original $2 million gtd for 2023 to $14 million fully gtd in 2023. The adjustment improved the original 2021 deal and will allow Judon to make up to $18M… pic.twitter.com/osSrFe04P4
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 4, 2023
Judon has absolutely earned this raise from the Patriots over the 2 seasons he has spent with the team.
In his first year with the Pats, Judon set a career high in sacks, getting to opposing quarterbacks for 12.5 sacks.
He set another career high in his second season. This time he was able to rack up 15.5 sacks. he has made the Pro Bowl in both of his seasons with the Patriots and finished 9th in the voting for Defensive Player of the Year in 2022.
While this deal should make Judon happy for the year, he still has another season left on his current contract that was not impacted by this raise. That will likely leave him and the Patriots to negotiate once again next offseason.
For now, Matthew Judon has at least gotten himself a nice raise for the year as a reward for his recent play and the New England Patriots will go into the season knowing they don’t have to worry about one of the key pieces of their defense being unhappy.