Free safety Devin McCourty will be going nowhere according NFL’s Ian Rapoport. The 2010 first round selection by the New England Patriots will be locked up for the next 5 years at $47.5 million with $258.5 guaranteed. This deal will see McCourty taking up nearly all of the money saved by releasing Vince Wilfork.
McCourty, a defensive captain, accrued 68 tackles in 2014 on the Patriots run to the Super Bowl and had 2 interceptions. McCourty is just as much of a media presence for the Patriots as he is a Pro Bowl caliber safety. He’s put in front of the media more than most and always says and does the right thing. McCourty truly has never stirred up controversy, but his leadership was ultimately what made one Patriots source to tell Rapoport: “Thank God.”
It was also reported that McCourty took less money to stay in New England as the Eagles, Giants, Jaguars and Titans were all in on McCourty’s services. Over the 5 seasons with the Patriots, McCourty has 388 tackles, 17 interceptions and 8 forced fumbles. It’s no wonder why so many fans and a couple teams wanted him.
“We had certain benchmarks and number that I felt got that done,” McCourty said. “It was never going to be about ‘just do whatever the highest price.’ You want to be happy, and you want to win. We felt we had an opportunity at all of those places for ways to win, but obviously being in New England for five years, there’s no kind of mystery or question. I know we can win here, we’ve already done it, so that’s where they came in first in that category. Financially, they stepped up and hit all the numbers that I wanted. I think that’s what mattered, what was going to make me happy.”
Now that McCourty’s deal is finalized, Belichick and the Patriots can set their focus on signing Darrelle Revis, the biggest key in the Patriots turnaround on defense. Revis’ deal has been trickier than McCourty’s from the start so it’s no surprise that McCourty was finalized first. Expect to hear on Revis soon as Pats beat reporter Tom Curran said he expects both to be back in New England.