Devin McCourty: In my 11 years, the Patriots haven’t had an offseason like this

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After finishing 7-9 in 2020, the Patriots have been the big spenders of free agency, with the club signing several high-profile players.

Team owner Robert Kraft said recently that New England “always made fun of the teams that spent a lot in the offseason.” But following the first losing season in well over a decade, the Patriots changed course to right the ship.

In doing so, the club has added some juice for longtime veterans like safety Devin McCourty.

“[I]n my 11 years there, we haven’t had an offseason like this. So it’s exciting,” McCourty said during a Wednesday appearance on Good Morning Football. “I think as fans and people that watch the sport, they always want their team to spend big in free agency. I’m all about trying to get a better team and going out there and competing and trying to get back to the playoffs. I’m excited, getting to meet some of these guys through texts already. But I can’t wait to get back together and start to build for this season.”

New England may not be done making significant moves, with cornerback Stephon Gilmore reportedly “very open” to an extension with the club. Either way, the Patriots seem like a team eager to get back to the other side of .500 in 2021.

12 responses to “Devin McCourty: In my 11 years, the Patriots haven’t had an offseason like this

  1. Still looking up at Miami and the Bills. Look for another 3rd place finish in the division.

  2. revenge tour ’21. yes TB12 was the most important cog…but not the only cog in the greatest dynasty in sports history. unfortunately for the rest of the league, the Patriots have refilled the powder in their horn and there will be more shots heard ’round the world..

  3. you know what other team spends a lot in free agency? The Jets… how has that turned out?

  4. There’s an old legal interpretation that uses a sports metaphor:

    1. He calls them as they are

    2. He calls them as he sees them

    3. He calls them the way he wants them to be

    There are a lot of fans of other teams on Patriots threads pushing #3. That says more about them than it does the Patriots.

  5. They still need a big upgrade at QB. Maybe Newton rebounds from his awful 2020, or Jimmy G comes to the rescue. But if the QB position isn’t better all the moves won’t generate many more wins.

  6. you know what other team spends a lot in free agency? The Jets… how has that turned out?
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    Don’t ever compare the Jets to the Patriots.

  7. Easy to spend without an expensive qb so I’m guessing this rules out Garrapolo. You can’t extend Gilmore and also add a 25 mil qb

  8. you know what other team spends a lot in free agency? The Jets… how has that turned out?

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    Yeah we’ll see, we aren’t dumb enough to give people like Le’Veon Bell 70 million to cut him a year later. Hate us all you want, but with Tommy, Edelman, amendola, Gilmore, and Gronk taking restructured deals with big signing bonuses, we didn’t have to overspend in FA to keep the core intact. Now, with that core essentially gone/retiring, we now have the CAP Space to reload.

  9. The Patriots have never had to spend like this. It’s been interesting to watch.

    It’s the post-GOAT reality. They’re just like the other 31 now.

  10. Of course they haven’t….they never had 60 million in cap space available before.

    If you want to improve your team, and you have 60 million in space, you spend it. Amazed that people cant grasp this simple concept.

    Hanging onto the money doesnt improve your team, nor does it earn you bonus points.

    If they didnt spend the money, it would be more concerning to me because that says they arent concerned about trying to win.

  11. revenge tour ’21. yes TB12 was the most important cog…but not the only cog in the greatest dynasty in sports history. unfortunately for the rest of the league, the Patriots have refilled the powder in their horn and there will be more shots heard ’round the world..

    The greatest dynasty in sports is the New York Yankees. It’s not even close.

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