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Jason McCourty signs five-year extension

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Titans cornerback Jason McCourty is entering the final year of his rookie deal, but he won’t become a free agent after the 2012 season.

The Titans announced Thursday that they have agreed to a five-year contract extension with McCourty, who they drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 draft. The team did not announce any financial terms of the deal, which kicks in next season and runs through 2017, but Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that it is worth $43 million with $20 million in guarantees and bonuses.

It’s a bit number for a player who only became a starter last season. McCourty, who is set to make $1.26 million this season, did show he was ready for the job with a season that made him one of the most valuable players on the Tennessee roster, however. McCourty finished the year with 103 tackles, two interceptions and a sack, production that likely played a role in the team’s decision not to make more than a cursory effort to keep Cortland Finnegan from leaving as a free agent.

Now that McCourty is being paid like the team’s top cornerback, he will be expected to step into the role that Finnegan left behind.

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10 Responses to “Jason McCourty signs five-year extension”
  1. Nikhil Balakumar says: Aug 23, 2012 5:39 PM

    he’s a little overpaid but its nice to see us retaining our players for once rather letting him go.

    new front office has opened up the vault to the right players: CJ,Wimbley, Griffin and now mccourty

  2. 2toneblueblood says: Aug 23, 2012 5:54 PM

    One of the most underrated players in the NFL. Maybe the best defensive player the Titans have.

  3. randallflagg52 says: Aug 23, 2012 6:02 PM

    Jason was a 6th round pick and is by far a better player than his 1st round pick brother.

    Just goes to show that Belichick isn’t as great of a drafter as Pats fans claim he is.

  4. wikipediasaidso says: Aug 23, 2012 6:21 PM

    Was a solid contributor his rookie season as more of a role player, had his 2010 season thrown off track by a broken arm, turned in a good season last year.

    He’s on the rise, he’s well-respected in the locker room….it makes sense to lock him down. They have the cap room.

    Alterraun Verner next?

  5. lilrob10201 says: Aug 23, 2012 6:37 PM

    Good player but a little over payed.

  6. chesslungo says: Aug 23, 2012 7:05 PM

    The better McCourtey. Serious contract

  7. patriotsdefense says: Aug 23, 2012 7:11 PM

    No, the better McCourty (that’s how you spell it) was drafted in the 1st round and must be licking his chops after this twin bro got this mega deal.

    Both brothers had major struggles in their second season (Jason came out a season earlier). Like Jason, Devin will have a huge bounce back 3rd season and all will be clicking.

  8. jnbnet says: Aug 23, 2012 7:19 PM

    randallflagg52 says:
    Aug 23, 2012 6:02 PM
    Jason was a 6th round pick and is by far a better player than his 1st round pick brother.

    Just goes to show
    that Belichick isn’t as great of a drafter as Pats fans claim he is.

    You always take a “stand” aginst the Patriots. Two years ago, Devin McCourtey almost won D R of the year (lost it to Sue) Last year he hit the dreaded sophmore jinx. Lets wait another year before making such harsh judgments.

  9. Stiller43 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:54 PM

    Who?

  10. mvlonergan says: Aug 23, 2012 10:56 PM

    I have this theory. Devin McCourty had an awesome rookie season and said to his twin brother down in Tennessee “Let me help you out. I’ll go down there and set you up for a big payday. You come up and learn from Belichick.”

    This theory is much more palatable than admitting the New England McCourty can’t maintain leverage and looks lost whenever the ball is thrown to his outside shoulder. It helps me sleep at night.

    Sterling Moore in 2012, baby!

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