Devin McCourty has been arguably just as important to the defense as Brady has been to the offense. The Patriots have seen a cycle of secondary players since 2010, but McCourty has been the constant.
For the past two months we have been locked in on Tom Brady's free agency that some people may have forgotten that the New England Patriots had other prominent free agents. Yesterday afternoon Patriots fans actually had something to celebrate when Devin McCourty with his brother Jason announced on their podcast that both Jason and Devin are returning to New England for the 2020 season.
McCourty has been in the NFL and on the Patriots for 10 seasons and he’s been the team’s defensive captain since 2011. After having an outstanding rookie season as a cornerback, McCourty showed a bit of regression and was moved to safety, where he has emerged as one of the most under-appreciated players in the NFL. As we all knew last week, the Patriots had picked up Devin’s twin brother Jason’s option had been picked up by the Patriots, keeping the brothers together for their third straight season.
Devin McCourty is a two-time Pro Bowler and has recorded a career 722 tackles and 26 interceptions during his 10 years with the Patriots. McCourty is also very durable, he has only missed five games his entire career.
By bringing back the McCourty brothers, Belichick is keepthing the Patriots top ranked secondary from 2019 together. New England's defense ranked first in yards allowed, first in points allowed and second in passing defense last season.
As important as Tom Brady has been to the Patriots, Devin McCourty has been arguably just as important to the defense as Brady has been to the offense. The Patriots have seen a cycle of secondary players since 2010, but McCourty has been the constant. Coming off a year that he intercepted five passes and recorded 58 tackles, while allowing the defense allowed the least amount of passing touchdowns, re-signing McCourty had to be a top priority for Belichick, and I am thrilled to see see him back with the Patriots.