The New England Patriots are bringing back a key member of their defense next season in Jason McCourty, and that may also give them a better chance of retaining one of their defensive captains.
The Patriots are planning to pick up the $4 million team option on McCourty’s contract for 2020, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. McCourty’s twin brother, Patriots safety Devin McCourty, is also scheduled to become a free agent. Obviously, Jason’s return could make Devin more likely to re-sign with New England.
While Devin McCourty will have plenty of options and has told me he’s open to leaving for the right situation, picking up the option for his brother Jason should help the #Patriots chances. https://t.co/JDji9UBd1K
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 4, 2020
The Patriots signed Jason McCourty in 2018, and he played a key role on their championship team that year. Devin has been with New England since they drafted him in the first round back in 2010. The two have obviously enjoyed playing together and spoken on numerous occasions about how great it has been for their family.
Devin McCourty hinted that he could be contemplating retirement not too long ago, but he has since changed course. There’s a good chance both McCourty twins will be back with the Patriots in 2020.
The McCourty twins were pleased to see other twins representing with their jerseys on Christmas.
Devin and Jason McCourty are teammates on the New England Patriots for the second straight year. Devin has spent his entire season with New England, while Jason was acquired by the Pats in a trade two years ago. The two are identical twins and retweeted fans who are twins and also were wearing McCourty jerseys on Christmas.
Here are triplets in their McCourty jerseys:
LOL 3 is better than 2!!! https://t.co/3EYBRso4vD
— Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) December 26, 2019
And more twins in McCourty jerseys:
I think we win in 2on2 tho -Dmac https://t.co/DP0KPuMFuV
— Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) December 25, 2019
The McCourtys have teamed up to help form the No. 1 defense in the league this year. Representing McCourty jerseys is a nice symbol of that success — and a way to represent twins.
In a week where teams are spending huge in free agency and revamping their rosters, the New England Patriots are focusing on bringing back as much of their championship team as they can.
On Wednesday, the Patriots reportedly agreed to a new two-year deal with veteran cornerback Jason McCourty.
Jason McCourty back to the #Patriots on a 2-year deal, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2019
McCourty signed with New England prior to last season and helped the Patriots win their sixth Super Bowl along with his twin brother Devin. There was briefly some talk of Devin retiring, but he’s going to play out at least the final year of his contract with the Patriots.
Jason McCourty was a reliable contributor for the Patriots last season and made some huge plays in the Super Bowl, one of which broke up what would have been a touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks. It’s no surprise Bill Belichick wanted him back.
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There wasn’t really any question, but Jason McCourty wants to play in 2019 — and he hopes to do it with the New England Patriots.
The cornerback, who joined the Patriots prior to the 2018 season, wants to avoid joining his third team in as many seasons while continuing to play with his twin brother Devin.
“First and foremost, if I could be back in New England and all of that works out, that would be awesome,” McCourty said Sunday, via Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston. “That way it wouldn’t be the third consecutive year I had to move my family. That would be an advantage. But at the same time you realize how much of this is a business and how much of this isn’t dictated by (the feeling), ‘Hey, I just want to play here with my brother and the guys I built a relationship with.’ There’s so much more that goes into it.
“For me, (the approach will be) letting it play out. When March rolls around we’ll see where everything’s at and then at the end of the day we’ll see where the opportunities are and then make a decision.”
There wasn’t really any question of McCourty’s NFL future, though there briefly was about his brother. Both are ready to play again next season.
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The September 1 roster deadline is looming, and we are a matter of hours from NFL teams having to set their 53-man squads for the season and make some tough roster cuts in the process. Some of the players that will lose their jobs by Saturday are fairly prominent names who could draw a lot of interest once their present employers officially decide to move on.
Here are ten fairly prominent names who could find themselves looking for a new team come 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Robert Griffin III, Ravens
This one is still very much up in the air, but the Ravens would be going against their usual precedent if they keep Griffin. Baltimore has virtually always carried two quarterbacks under John Harbaugh, and the first two spots are unquestionably filled by Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson. Will the Ravens break their rule and keep Griffin as an insurance policy in case Flacco fails and Jackson proves too raw? They might, but it would be out of character, which puts Griffin’s roster spot in real danger.
The NFL free agency frenzy has officially come and gone, and while there are still plenty of moves to be made, the noteworthy trades, signings, releases and tenders are all set in stone.
Free agency itself was as wild as ever, but the trade market was also far more active than usual. And as the result of both, a plethora of superstars have new homes heading into the 2018.
Here’s a look at 20 NFL players who will thrive with their new team.
20. Justin Pugh, OL, Arizona Cardinals
Behind Andrew Norwell, Nate Solder and one or two others, Justin Pugh was arguably the most talented offensive lineman available in free agency. The versatile Pugh proved himself to be a selfless team-first player with the Giants, shifting positions based on the team’s needs. He played both tackle and guard positions, and played relatively well at each. With some positional stability in Arizona, Pugh should excel so long as he can remain healthy.
- Alec Ogletree, Alex Smith, Andrew Norwell, Aqib Talib, Danny Shelton, Dion Lewis, Jarvis Landry, Jason McCourty, Jason Pierre-Paul, Josh Sitton, Justin Pugh, Kirk Cousins, Michael Bennett, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nate Solder, Ndamukong Suh, Richard Sherman, Tyrann Mathieu, Tyrod Taylor, Vinny Curry
The new league year is still less than two weeks old, but already the entire NFL landscape has changed quite a bit thanks in large part to free agency and an uncharacteristically active trade market. Couple that with a plethora of new head coaches, new general managers and shifts in front office structure, and there’s been a substantial amount of shakeup around the NFL.
But which teams and players have benefited most from all these changes? Who has gotten better? Who has gotten worse?
Here’s a look at the 10 best moves of the 2018 NFL offseason to date.
10. Eagles acquire Michael Bennett
The Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl title on the shoulders of their dominant defense, which was highlighted by one of the better and more versatile defensive lines in football. So, what did the Eagles do as they begin their path to a repeat? They further bolstered their defensive line with the addition of Michael Bennett, who had been traded by the Seattle Seahawks as part of their organizational purge.
To land Bennett and a seventh-round pick, the Eagles sent back a fifth-round selection in the 2018 draft and wide receiver Marcus Johnson, who signed with Philadelphia as an undrafted rookie out of Texas in 2016 and was rarely used.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, Bennett came with some unexpected baggage. He recently had a warrant issued for his arrest as part of an ongoing assault investigation. Bennett allegedly injured a 66-year-old paraplegic woman during Super Bowl LI, which led to an indictment by a Texas Grand Jury.
The charge carries a potential for 10 years in prison, but so long as Bennett gets his life in order and pays the proper restitution, it should still result in a good acquisition for the Eagles.