Reports surfaced early Friday morning that the New England Patriots have reached out to Devin McCourty’s camp expressing interest in signing the All-Pro safety to a contract extension. His contract is up after the 2014 season.
Although discussions have not officially begun between McCourty and the Patriots, it is a good sign that the team is interested in locking up the premier safety.
Through incentives and escalators from 2013, McCourty’s cap hit for 2014 is set to be at $5.1 million. This could be one of the reasons that the Patriots would like to extend his contract. With an extension, the team could shift money to clear up cap space moving forward, which is something the team has done in the past.
McCourty was drafted out of Rutgers in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, and has shifted between cornerback and safety. Last season, his first in which he exclusively played safety, he earned Second Team All Pro honors. Over the last few seasons, McCourty has become a young leader of the defense, earning the title of captain over the last two seasons.
I was able to speak with McCourty at a local gathering a few weeks back, and he stated that he would love to be in New England beyond this season. I joked with him over his worth, and he replied “Call Coach Belichick and let him know.”
Since entering the league in 2010, the 26 year old has 15 interceptions, 50 passes defensed, 6 forced fumbles, and 244 tackles, all ranking in the top 5 of the Patriots defense during that time.