Devin McCourty DB NE 22 Days

McCourty was on the field for 73-of-74 snaps on defense in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins, ESPN.com reports.

McCourty's snaps were tops among the team's defensive backs in Week 1, with Darrelle Revis missing the team's final nine snaps because of cramping. Though McCourty was limited to three tackles in the contest, his key role in the Patriots' defense should result in IDP-relevant production more often than not this season.

Devin McCourty DB NE 4 Months

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports the Patriots have reached out to FS Devin McCourty about a contract extension.

MCourty is set to earn a $3.92 million base salary in the final year of his rookie deal. Drafted as a corner out of Rutgers with the 27th pick in 2010, McCourty moved to safety full-time partway through the 2012 season and has been starring at the position. He's missed just three starts in four seasons and graded out as PFF's top safety in 2013. McCourty should command $7-8 million annually.

Devin McCourty DB NE 7 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 8 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 9 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 9 Months

NFL.com's Albert Breer reports Patriots FS Devin McCourty (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 17.

Devin McCourty DB NE May 25 '13

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.