Devin McCourty DB NE 2 Months
ESPN Boston reports there hasn't been "any movement" in extension talks between the Patriots and contract-year FS Devin McCourty.
Escalators pushed McCourty's 2014 base salary to $3.92 million, while he's set to count $5.115 million against the cap. A converted corner, McCourty graded out as Pro Football Focus' top-rated safety in 2013, and has played at least 80 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps in each of his first four seasons. He's the linchpin of Bill Belichick's sometimes-shambolic secondary.
Devin McCourty DB NE 3 Months
Patriots FS Devin McCourty earned a $3 million salary escalator, raising his 2014 base salary from $920,000 to $3.92 million.
McCourty earned the bump in pay due to him playing at least 80 percent of the defensive snaps in each of his first four seasons. Entering the final year of his contract, McCourty is now scheduled to count $5.115 million against the 2014 salary cap. It makes him a prime candidate for a contract extension.
Devin McCourty DB NE 3 Months
ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss considers Patriots FS Devin McCourty a "prime candidate" for an early contract extension.
The 27th pick in the 2010 draft, McCourty is scheduled to enter a contract year in 2014. The Patriots could likely get a better price by signing McCourty early, as opposed to letting him test the market. Converted corner McCourty has been an outstanding coverage safety and playmaker on the ball with six interceptions and four forced fumbles over the past two seasons.
Devin McCourty DB NE 4 Months
NFL.com's Albert Breer reports Patriots FS Devin McCourty (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 17.
Devin McCourty DB NE 11 Months
ESPN Boston doesn't consider Patriots FS Devin McCourty a candidate for a contract extension
McCourty is signed through 2014, so there's no rush to get a long-term deal done. The Patriots can let McCourty play out this year before they open extension talks. McCourty started all 16 games last season, recording 82 tackles, five interceptions and one fumble.
Devin McCourty DB NE Apr 09 '13
The Boston Globe refers to Devin McCourty's shoulder surgery as "minor."
McCourty should be 100 percent ahead of training camp. He'll be breaking in a new partner as hard-hitting Adrian Wilson steps in at strong safety. McCourty started all 16 games a year ago, recording 82 tackles, five interceptions and one forced fumble.
Devin McCourty DB NE Mar 29 '13
Patriots FS Devin McCourty is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
"Multiple sources" tell ESPN Boston McCourty is still expected to be ready by training camp. McCourty played through a separated right shoulder in 2011, but started every game last year. The operation may have been a routine "cleanup" procedure to repair loose particles. McCourty, 25, has settled in as the Pats' free safety after beginning his career at cornerback. He finished 2012 with 82 tackles, five interceptions, and four fumbles forced.
Devin McCourty DB NE Jan 26 '13
Patriots FS Devin McCourty was the team's "iron man" in 2012, playing 98 percent of New England's defensive snaps and 52 percent on special teams.
All told, he played 1,329 snaps on defense and 256 on "teams." Plagued by inconsistency his first two NFL seasons at cornerback, McCourty was moved to free safety essentially full time for the final 12 games in 2012 and took off. His 10.1 passer rating allowed on throws into his coverage was the NFL's stingiest clip, per Pro Football Focus. The Patriots have 25-year-old McCourty under contract cheaply through 2014.
Devin McCourty DB NE Dec 24 '12
Devin McCourty was moved to cornerback in Sunday's win over the Jaguars.
Aqib Talib (hip) still isn't completely healthy, and the Patriots were forced to use their big nickel package of McCourty, Steve Gregory, and Patrick Chung. Prior to last week, McCourty had started eight straight games at free safety. Talib played just 8-of-80 snaps on Sunday and may be dealing with a setback.
Devin McCourty DB NE Nov 20 '12
Sources tell the Boston Globe that Devin McCourty will remain at safety for the rest of the season.
Aqib Talib is the Patriots' new No. 1 corner opposite rookie Alfonzo Dennard. McCourty did excel while playing roughly 20 percent of his snaps at safety last year and the Patriots have been trying to get him back there ever since. If he can pair with strong safety Patrick Chung (shoulder, day-to-day), the Pats would have themselves an upgrade at two positions. They are currently ranked 30th in the league against the pass.