It was reported earlier Tuesday that the two sides were nearing an agreement, but it's now become official and McCourty is set to join the Browns. He'll immediately join the team as a playmaker at corner and could start opposite Joe Haden right out of the gates. According to Tony Grossi of ESPN.com, the Browns could give him some work at free safety as well, so don't be surprised if the team experiments with him at a few different positions during training camp.
McCourty (shoulder/chest) is expected to sign a two-year contract with the Browns, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
McCourty has spent his entire eight-year career with the Titans but was waived in April following 2016 campaign where he recorded 69 tackles, 12 passes defensed and two interceptions across 14 games. He should immediately address a need for the Browns once signed after the team recently lost fourth-round draft pick Howard Wilson to a broken kneecap during rookie minicamp. Look for a deal to be finalized over the next few days, barring any last second snags in contract talks.
McCourty (shoulder/chest) was released by the Titans on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
McCourty's release comes after he spent the first eight seasons of his NFL career with Tennessee. The 29-year old cornerback had 69 tackles and 12 passes defensed, including two interceptions, in 14 games played last season. His release leaves the Titans with LeShaun Sims and Logan Ryan as the team's starting corners, though they could add a rookie early on in the draft. McCourty -- now presumably past the aches and pains that he dealt with last last season -- is now a free agent and likely won't struggle finding a new club to sign with. The Patriots, who roster McCourty's twin brother Devin, are an intriguing option on that front.
McCourty's loss will be a tough one for a Tennessee secondary that surrendered 325 passing yards to Blake Bortles in his absence Week 16. With their top cover corner on the shelf, look for Valentino Blake to see an expanded role Sunday afternoon.
McCourty (chest) is a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with the Texans.
McCourty injured his chest in Week 15 and was forced from playing in last week's loss to the Jaguars. Look for his status to be confirmed prior to kickoff.
|P3||8/26/17||@ TB||7:30 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ CHI||8:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|