Jason McCourty may not be a fit in New England. (Jim Brown/USA Today Sports)
When Jason McCourty announced he was being released by the Titans on Thursday, everyone had the same reaction.
Will Jason join his twin brother Devin on the Patriots, and what potential pranks could they play on Bill Belichick as well as the media?
The two have been on record saying they would love to play together on the same NFL team, and the Patriots potentially could be in the market for a cornerback, but while on the surface it may seem like a fit, taking a step back and looking at the big picture it may not actually work out.
First off, the Patriots would only really be in need for a cornerback if Malcolm Butler isn’t around, and at this point, it seems like he will be returning to New England. He hasn’t received any offer sheets and why would a team want to give up compensation and a long-term deal to acquire him when teams could wait a year and sign him as an unrestricted free agent next offseason without giving anything up. Barring a trade, Butler will be back with New England and playing for $3.91 million in 2017.
If Butler is in the mix, McCourty would be competing for the No. 3 cornerback spot with Stephon Gilmore and Butler ahead of him. The Patriots also have Eric Rowe and Cyrus Jones in the mix, so playing time would not be guaranteed for McCourty. This would be a huge change for McCourty who was one of the top corners in Tennessee.
Secondly, the Titans let him go because of financial reasons and not wanting to pay him $7 million this season. The Patriots likely wouldn’t be willing to pay him that much money considering their commitments to Gilmore and others, and why would McCourty take such a big pay cut to fit the Patriots’ needs when he likely will have higher offers from other teams where he would also be assured playing time.
Sure, McCourty could take less money and playing time in order to compete for a Super Bowl and play with his brother in New England, but looking at the the Patriots roster and how they approach contracts, it doesn’t seem like a fit.