Devin McCourty says he’ll return in 2019

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Patriots safety Devin McCourty suggested in the days preceding the Super Bowl that he’d possibly retire. He now says that he’ll be back for 2019.

I’m gonna play,” McCourty told the Sports Spectrum podcast on Thursday.

McCourty had said during Opening Night in Atlanta that, if the Patriots win another championship, he’d possibly pack it in.

“I think once you get a chance to step away for a couple weeks now, you’re like, ‘Yeah, man, I still do want to be around these other young guys that come in,'” McCourty said, pointing to coach Bill Belichick’s constant effort to get the players to think about last year and focus on the next one.

“It kind of made you realize that if you only play this game for Super Bowls, you’re going to be very empty,” he said. “Because like as soon as you win it, it’s all about how you can win it next year. . . . All anybody cares about is if we win a seventh championship for the New England organization. So like you have to play for so much more.”

So McCourty will indeed be back — and the Patriots are indeed already determined to get their seventh Super Bowl win, which would be the most that any team has ever won.

41 responses to “Devin McCourty says he’ll return in 2019

  1. The locker room seems to have been so great this year, so I can see why Devin would want to come back for that. There’s really nothing like the feeling of real teamwork, people working together for a common goal. I can see why Devin wants to have that season-long experience again. I’m going to guess that Jason’s in to stay with the Patriots too if they will give him another contract.

    Really glad to hear Devin will be back.

  2. With how much the Patriots would owe McCourty, I think the only question is where he plays. BB loves DMAC (and so do I), but is a 32 year old safety worth 9.5 million?

  3. Great news. When they gave him big money and let Revis walk I thought they were so dumb. Just one of many times Bill was right and I was wrong!

    Hopefully Jason comes back too

  4. A greatest quarterback of all time when asked which ring is you favorite he answered “The next one.”

  5. I dogged him for most of the season, but he played big in the playoff games. Plus, he will help new DC Greg Schiano get through to the players as a bridge between the coach and his guys as McCourty played under Schiano at Rutgers

  6. Glad to hear he is headed back for another campaign. I kind of thought they may have asked him to take a a bit of a haircut for 2019, however.

  7. Good news for the Patriots and not so good for the rest of the league. Devin McCourty is a key cog in the machine.

  8. I don’t think the Pats will ask Devin to take a cut, but they CAN lower his cap number for next year a bit with a restructure of his current deal.

    This is good news for the Pats. If his brother doesn’t come back, the Pats will have a very young CB group, so his experience will be valued in a VERY strong secondary coming back.

  9. McCourty is a fine player, but his return doesn’t send shudders through the rest of the league.

    What keeps this train rolling is Belichek and Brady. I’m convinced that just those 2 could take about 20 rosters in the league on a deep playoff run. Everything else is interchangeable.

  10. Was hoping he’d retire. Way too expensive for what he brings.
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    if that’s true he’ll take a cut or take a walk. bill knows what he’s worth and only bill knows what he’s worth.

  11. lgw91s says:
    February 21, 2019 at 10:48 pm
    Glad to hear he is headed back for another campaign. I kind of thought they may have asked him to take a a bit of a haircut for 2019, however.

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    We dont know that there has not been talk between them of a renegotiation too.

  12. Like Dmac but he has lost a step. Played well down the stretch tho. Hope he takes a cut as he’s pricey. Stairway to seven is on 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

  13. ‘Welcom to the Super Bowl!’

    Imagine being able to say that to your brother. In life.
    I really didn’t think Belichick was sold ever on Jason and thought maybe he would pull a butler. I’m sure just as high up for Jason Mccourtey making a Super Bowl changing defensive play and getting a ring, would be Belichick complimenting him.

    2020 #7.

  14. Prior to this year the dead cap money was huge on DMC. They can save 9 million on the to be 32 year old by booting him this time. There will probably be a redone contract with a significantly reduced the cap hit and add a couple of phoney years to it.

  15. Poor terripet, Patriots won again – and Colts flopped again and now stuffed their office with a bunch of Patriots to try and make a proper team of them. Won’t work with that owner though.

  16. terripet says:
    February 22, 2019 at 6:25 am
    Quarterbacks and receivers will love this…
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    Only if Devin wore his three Super Bowl rings during a game, which are so heavy that they might slow him down in the secondary.

  17. “He currently takes up too much of the Salary Cap. If he wants to reduce that, great. If not, thank you for your contribution and good luck in Oakland.”

    — Sensible Pats’ fan

  18. Cruel irony in this – While so many talented kids are dreaming to make the NFL roster on any team someone is contemplating if he should stay or go with/from the best franchise of the modern era.

  19. It must be tough when you’ve lost a step yet you are still clocked running 22.5 mph on an interception return against Buffalo(fasted recorded time for any player).

  20. Meh, McCourty might be 7% of the Pats cap but he isn’t really the problem. The Pats will likely have around 14.5 million in cap space (top 51 roster). The issue will be Flowers who will likely command all of that cap space money if he signs with the Pats. The Pats will likely restructure Brady and reduce his 27 million dollar cap hit to make more space. If Gronk retires they get another 9.5 in space. One thing is certain. There is no team better than the Pats that can work within the NFL cap rules to keep as many quality players as they can. They’ll deal with it.

  21. I think McCourty, his agent and the Patriots each knew Devin would never play for $13.5 million contracted for in year five. He has averaged $8.5 million for the first four years. Something around that number but a little south seems correct for a fifth year. $8 million?

  22. Devin runs the secondary and is very good at it the same way Hightower runs the D. Its like having 2 defensive coordinators on the field. He’s worth every penny he has coming this year. Devin was also clocked as the fastest player in the league last season. He’s doesn’t have quite the acceleration that someone like Tyreek Hill does, but once he gets going he can move. He and his brother are both very fast movers.

  23. harrisonhits2 says:
    February 22, 2019 at 10:04 am
    Devin runs the secondary and is very good at it the same way Hightower runs the D. Its like having 2 defensive coordinators on the field. He’s worth every penny he has coming this year. Devin was also clocked as the fastest player in the league last season. He’s doesn’t have quite the acceleration that someone like Tyreek Hill does, but once he gets going he can move. He and his brother are both very fast movers.

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    Exactly. They allow others to get the glory. For some reason, some of our fans still don’t get this. They instead listen to Felger and Mazz and then embarrass themselves every year thinking it makes sense.

  24. Back in 2015 Belichick signed McCourty and let Revis and Browner walk. It was a little questionable at the time, but that turned out to be a great move.

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