Patriots FS Devin McCourty is without a doubt one of the best free safeties in the entire league and is scheduled to hit free agency if New England lets it get that far.
If New England cannot reach a deal with McCourty and let him hit the open market, it doesn’t sound promising they will able to get a deal done with him.
“If all things are equal, I’ll be back here,” McCourty said.
So, if he gets to test his numbers on the open market, whoever the highest bidder is, the Pats would have to match that, and let’s be honest, it’ll be a very high number because of the many teams that will throw the dollars at him. The Pats probably won’t match a very, very high offer, unless they let go of Revis.
McCourty wants to be back, but not as much as he wants the highest amount of money he can get and you can’t blame him for that.
McCourty also said he has vision himself playing for another team and knows it’s possible that could happen.
“I guess it was hard, but now, a week away, it’s impossible not to,” McCourty said. “I’ve thought about all the different scenarios of whether I’m here or somewhere else. At this point, I don’t have a contract, so it could happen, I could be playing somewhere else. It would be crazy not to think that that could be reality. I’ve thought about all of those scenarios.”
His brother Jason, who is a corner for the Titans, has been in his ear about playing for his team. Shhh Jason, why don’t you just come on over to Boston with your brother.
Anyways, McCourty said he wouldn’t mind getting Franchise Tag by the Patriots, stating its player – friendly, but his goal is to get a long-term deal, but the tag wouldn’t be bad.
“I’ve kind of broken it down. I guess the worst-case scenario would be, I’d be franchised and come back to play for another year here,” McCourty said, hoping for a longer contract. “For me, that’s no reason to stress. I love it here. The franchise tag is player-friendly now, it’s a good number, so there’s no reason really for me to be stressed. If I hit free agency, I hope there’s some teams that will want me to play there, so hopefully that goes over well, and it’s still exciting.”
If the Pats and McCourty can’t work out a new deal then the Pats have to Franchise him or risk losing him for good.
I believe there’s a very good chance the Pats tag him and I think they should instead of letting him go test the market.
McCourty has won a ring, proven how good he is, and now he wants his money, so New England better have that Franchise Tag ready to go March 2nd because he isn’t taking a home team discount.
However, this works out, McCourty is showing some good class so far.