Devin McCourty will be back in 2020, somewhere

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It remains to be seen if veteran safety Devin McCourty will be back with the Patriots.

But he’s definitely playing next year.

Via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, the agent for McCourty said he’d be back with someone, whether the Patriots want him or not.

“He wants to play. Retirement is not an option,” agent Andy Simms said.

The 32-year-old McCourty is in an interesting position this offseason.

He’s still playing at a high level, but the Patriots have a big class of free agents including some guy named Tom Brady, and the Patriots have shown a willingness in the past to move on from older players.

And with Joe Judge moving to the Giants, there’s one more team led by a former Patriots assistant, which has always helped Patriots free agent find fruitful markets.

26 responses to “Devin McCourty will be back in 2020, somewhere

  1. He has gas left in the tank and as a Captain the last couple years he is a proven leader in the locker room.

    If Tom Brady should leave ( which I do not think will happen) He is a key asset to a strong defense.

    I would vote to keep him for 2 more years at a average salary. He still wants to play and his brother is signed for next year and the two work well together.

    My Gut says….He will finish a Patriot….

  2. Hes welcome back in foxboro depending on his asking price! If he wants a big deal they will wish him well and move on gotta get younger .

  3. Lot of free agents, a lot of needs and not a ton of money. this team could look very different next yr facing a very tough schedule. Some bad drafts could come home to roost.

  4. Would be awesome if judge could bring him to the giants, he’d be a definite defensive upgrade over bethea……

  5. So you have a top of the line safety coming off of a one of the best years of his career who not only has always been a team player but is well respected for being a great locker room leader as well? Yeah this dude is getting a top of the market safety deal.

    I’d love to pay him top dollar to come down to Tampa personally, got plenty of cap space of plenty of young DBs who could really stand to learn from a proven winner/professional.

  6. OBP says:
    January 22, 2020 at 10:46 am
    So you have a top of the line safety coming off of a one of the best years of his career who not only has always been a team player but is well respected for being a great locker room leader as well? Yeah this dude is getting a top of the market safety deal.

    I’d love to pay him top dollar to come down to Tampa personally, got plenty of cap space of plenty of young DBs who could really stand to learn from a proven winner/professional.

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    He’ll be 33 years old. If you put him in another system, he may not be as good at that money.

    Basically, McCourty, like Highttwoer, Edelman, etc, are BETTER in NE than they would be elsewhere.

    Brady ALSO falls into this category, whether he wants to admit that or not. Playing 1 more year somewhere else, almost like it’s a novelty for the player, is not good for the new team or player.

  7. mrphelps01 says:
    January 22, 2020 at 10:21 am
    If Brady walks, which is a distinct possibility, Pats won’t let McCourty leave.

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    This probably the right analysis. It will be for less money and likely only a 2 year deal if they can make it work.

    Thuney will cash in and it’s a shame, because he’s probably been the best LG in the conference since his rookie year, and some of our own fans are so clueless as they lust just for Brady, they’ve completely ignored the quality play of others around Brady himself.

  8. Pats won 1 more SB than this core should have vs the Rams, but now it’s time to start the rebuilding in earnest. Gotta let these 30-somethings (and 40-somethings) walk and get young.

  9. Hopefully any team that signs him will have better luck than the Giants did with Nate Solder. The only thing Solder has done well with the Giants is collecting his cash his over-inflated paycheck.

  10. Depends on how long he intends to play – if just another year and his brother’s still going to be in NE for 2020 then I think Devin makes a deal, and Belichick will be happy to keep him.

  11. carloswlassiter says:
    January 22, 2020 at 11:24 am
    Pats won 1 more SB than this core should have vs the Rams, but now it’s time to start the rebuilding in earnest. Gotta let these 30-somethings (and 40-somethings) walk and get young.

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    Exactly. Especially if he wants too much money.

    If not, a 1 year transition deal like Bruschi did, I am assumign as a favor to BB with Mayo in 2008, is a possibility. Something tells me JJ Williams is the McCourty protege. I am not saying he will be as good as McCourty has been, but the skill set appears to be similar.

    Keep in mind, they are paying Obi Melifonwu a really high PS salary and that’s not an accident.

    Wouldn’t be shocking to see McCourty, Chung and Harmon all go at once, for various reasons.

    JC Jackson needs to be paid before his demands get out of hand. A raise and an early deal for him is in order as well.

    I would walk from Van Noy, Brady and Thuney. All very good contributors in recent years, but you have to be realistic. BB has been sitting on a load of redshirted draft picks who have been buried on IR or barely able to see the field, mainly on D.

    I’d be going DE/DT, speed MLB, OL and WR early in the draft. You can probably grab an RB somewhere in there mid rds or UDFA to work in with Michel, White, Damien Williams, etc.

  12. I doubt he is back with the money he could get from other teams. Regardless of his age, his monster season will allow him to get a decent contract. I would not be surprise if Bill lets him walk and takes the compensation draft chip. I could also see a scenario in which Slater retires (also a free agent). Why slater is getting no attention as a tier 1 special teams guy in the league is beyond me.

    If i am Belichick, i am smiling at the 10 years THIS CORE has brought….and move on. Stockpile the draft chips, and begin the necessary task of finding the new core of right guys.

  13. He is a BB favorite from his kids school, so he will probably get a nice contract from Bill. That’s how Bill operates.

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