Mike Reiss of ESPN reports that the Patriots gave practice squad LB Trevor Bates a pay raise from the minimum $6,900 per year to $18,000.
The Patriots tend to be one of the more generous teams when it comes to rewarding practice squad players for putting in the work while not on their active roster.
Bates, 23, was taken in the seventh round of this year’s NFL Draft. He signed a four-year, $2.412 million contract with the Colts and was set to make a base salary of $450,000 for the 2016 season but he was unfortunately cut loose coming out of the preseason.
The Colts signed him to their practice squad before calling him up a few months ago. Bates was cut loose soon after and eventually caught on with the Patriots in November.
During his college career, Bates appeared in 46 games and recorded 207 tackles, 19 sacks, 10 passes defenses, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, three interceptions and two defensive touchdowns.