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Report: Patriots more likely to use Franchise Tag on Gostkowski than McCourty

Stephen Gostkowski and Devin McCourty celebrate the Super Bowl win. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Stephen Gostkowski and Devin McCourty celebrate the Super Bowl win.
(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

If the Patriots use the Franchise Tag, it will be on their kicker Stephen Gostkowski instead of Free Safety Devin McCourty, according to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss. 

Gostkowski’s Tag number will be $4.5 million for this season while McCourty’s would be $9.5 million, a number the Pats feel is too high for them.

The Patriots have a history of using their tag on a kicker. They used it twice before on Adam Vinatieri.

There is no guarantee they use their tag, but they have till the deadline today at 4pm EST.

McCourty will likely test the open market and it seems the Pats are comfortable using the market to help them resign McCourty.

McCourty will give the Patriots the chance to match any team’s offer, or at least it seems he will. He will be high, but maybe not too high or unreasonable. The Pats seem willing to risk it.

They’ve had success doing this, it also has backfired in the case of Welker and Talib, but they have had success in letting things play out.

If the Pats lose McCourty they will most likely move CB Logan Ryan to FS, just like they did with McCourty. Most teams felt Ryan was a better fit at FS and he has the tools to be good at the position.

He’s a play maker who plays the ball better in front of him and has great instincts.

The Pats would love to retain McCourty and right now I say they have a 50/50 shot.

They could always get a deal done before March 10th.

The Titants corner Jason McCourty is already recruiting his twin brother.

“Sitting here looking at the clock waiting for 4pm to come and putting my recruiting packet together,” Jason McCourty tweeted on Twitter and posted on Facebook.







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