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Patriots' Devin McCourty: There's a 'chance that I might not be back'
|by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com|
|(3/2/15) With the Patriots deciding to use their franchise tag on kicker Stephen Gostkowski, safety Devin McCourty knows his time in New England could be coming to an end.
In an interview with ESPN's Josina Anderson, McCourty said he didn't have much information on what the Patriots would do and was going off of various media reports that came down to the organization deciding whether to franchise him or Gostkowski.
Now that Gostkowski is ineligible from hitting the free agent market, McCourty will test the waters beginning on March 10.
"I guess it's more realistic now that [there's] a chance that I might not be back there," McCourty said. "Or there's still a chance that I will, but I guess [there's] more of a chance now with the franchise tag going to Steve that I could be playing in a different place. Still, keeping an open mind and trying to enjoy the process."
In 2014, McCourty recorded 68 tackles and two interceptions.
Report: Patriots more likely to tag Gostkowski than McCourty
|by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com|
|(3/2/15) If the Patriots are to use their franchise tag, the team is more likely to use the tag on kicker Stephen Gostkowski than cornerback Devin McCourty, sources told ESPNBoston.com.
A franchise tag for a kicker would be an estimated $4.5 million, while tagging a cornerback would cost about $9.5 million. If no long-term deal can be reached and neither player is tagged, they'll become free agents March 10.
Patriots' Devin McCourty open to 'player-friendly' franchise tag
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(2/25/15) Patriots safety Devin McCourty told reporters that he would be open to being franchise tagged before hitting free agency on March 10. McCourty said that although a tag would be the worst-case scenario scenario for him, it is "player-friendly" nowadays, according to Phil Perry of Comcast Sports Northeast.
The Patriots have until March 2 to place the tag on McCourty, which will be approximately $9 million next season.
"I've kind of broken it down as worst-case scenario would be that I get franchised and come back to play for another year here," McCourty said. "To me that’s no reason to stress. I love it here. The franchise tag is player-friendly now. It's a good number. If I hit free agency, I hope there's some teams that want me to play there. Hopefully that goes over well. It's still exciting."
Patriots safety Devin McCourty hopes to return to New England
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(2/2/15) Patriots safety Devin McCourty said after winning the Super Bowl Sunday, he is hoping to return to the team in 2015.
"I hope not. We'll see, but I hope not," McCourty said when asked if it was his last game in a Patriots uniform. "This ride has been incredible -- being in the Super Bowl twice and winning it once -- there's not much a player can ask for except for being at home and this is home."
McCourty played all 16 games for New England in 2014, totaling 68 tackles and grabbing two interceptions. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason after spending his first five seasons with the Patriots.
Patriots get the best of Colts' Hilton in two matchups this season
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(1/19/15) In two losses against the Patriots this season, including Sunday's 45-7 loss in the AFC title game, Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton was bottled up offensively. Hilton had just three catches for 24 yards in a 42-20 loss Nov. 16 and had one catch for 36 yards Sunday.
"Coach (Bill) Belichick, he did the same thing, had the same game plan -- Kyle Arrington on me, (safety Devin McCourty) over the top," Hilton said, per ESPN. "They took away everything. When I tried to go across the middle, they had the linebackers drop. The linebackers hit me to try to disrupt me. It pretty much was the same game plan as last time. They did a pretty good job of taking me away."
Patriot coach Bill Belichick praised Arrington's effort against Hilton, who is headed to the Pro Bowl after totaling 82 catches for 1,345 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season.
"You know Kyle really stepped up; played T.Y. good," Belichick said. "T.Y. is a great receiver. He’s got outstanding speed and quickness, and he’s a tough guy to cover on all routes: short, intermediate, deep. He had a great catch on the sideline dragging his feet. It was a perfect throw and a great catch. But that’s what it’s like playing against them. But Kyle competed really well. He jammed, and he and Devin did a real good job on T.Y."
|Devin McCourty is a low-end defensive back in IDP leagues. He played safety for the second year in a row in 2013 and had just 69 total tackles (48 solo), one interception, one fumble recovery and eight pass defenses. He could see a boost in production this year with the Patriots adding Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, but we need to see him do it first. He is capable of five interceptions and 80-plus tackles, which he did in 2012, but he should only be drafted with a late-round selection in IDP leagues.
(Updated 5/9/14) |