For Devin McCourty, his loyalty to the Patriots organization finally paid off. Late last night, McCourty and the Patriots agreed to a 5-year, $47.5 million, with $28.5 million guaranteed. That puts McCourty as the second highest paid safety, right behind Earl Thomas. That is a lot of money, so one has to think that those first couple of years will be a lower cap hit than the ~$9 million it looks like.
For McCourty, he couldn't have picked a better situation. He reportedly turned down more money from teams, which are believed to include the Eagles, Giants, and Jaguars. McCourty made it clear that he did not want to go anywhere else and most believed that he would be back if he took a little less money. While other teams may have tried to woo McCourty with the ideas of winning and being payed, that has never been an issue for him in New England. McCourty told CSN last night that "winning and happiness" were the main reasons that he stayed "home." "I know we can win here. We've already done it" he reiterated.
For the Patriots, they showed us that if you are loyal and play by the rules with them, then you are going to get payed. While Belichik is notorious for not spending on free agents, he does have a trend of paying "his guys." McCourty also gives the Pats the ability to leave him in Single High Safety, while dropping Chung down to either blitz or spy on the QB. Because of this, they were able to play with two linebackers all last season, which ended pretty well for them.
Now how does this effect Darrelle Revis? Well, the Pats can and should still pay him. If they restructure the likes of Amendola, Mayo, etc., and lower the salary hit for this players, then they can bring Revis back. McCourty also talked about Revis last night on CSN: "I actually spoke to him. I told him I wanted him back here, I want to play with him." The only place that Revis would play with a better Safety would be Seattle, which isn't in the running for Revis. At the end of the day it is going to come down to whether Revis wants to get payed top dollar and most likely be on a losing team (Jets, Bills) or play for team that is going to be in contention every single year for a couple million less.
There will be more to come in the next 24 hours, stay tuned.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS