McCourty agreed Wednesday to re-sign with the Patriots on a two-year contract, Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston reports. The 31-year-old cornerback will thus continue to play in the same secondary with his twin brother, safety Devin McCourty, on the heels of solid 2018 campaign in which he recorded 70 tackles and an interception. The Patriots will likely deploy McCourty as their second or third cornerback, depending on the progression of 23-year-old J.C. Jackson.
McCourty finished up the 2018 regular season with 70 tackles and a pick in 15 games. Though the 31-year-old has put up better IDP numbers during his career, McCourty no doubt relished the opportunity to play with his twin brother, Devin, at the NFL level. The cornerback is eligible to become a free agent this offseason, but it's not hard to imagine him re-upping for another year, with Devin McCourty under contract with New England through the 2019 season.
McCourty recorded three tackles (all solo), two passes defensed, including an interception, and a forced fumble in Sunday's win over the Bills. McCourty's interception was his first with the Patriots. On the season, he has 65 tackles (52 solo) and 10 passes defensed, including the one interception. Looking ahead, McCourty and the Patriots will take on the Jets in Week 17.
McCourty, who racked up seven tackles in Cleveland's Week 17 loss to the Steelers, ends the season with 65 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. The Browns signed McCourty to a two-year, $6 million contract this past offseason, and the veteran cornerback was a pleasant surprise, as he Cleveland's most reliable pass defender. McCourty will be 31 years old when 2018 kicks off and is expected to be the team's No. 1 cornerback again.
McCourty accumulated a team-high 10 tackles (eight solo) during Sunday's 27-21 overtime loss to Green Bay. A week after posting a season-high nine tackles, McCourty bested that effort against the Packers. The nine-year pro has 19 tackles over his last two contests and 51 for the year. He'll look to continue his hot streak Sunday against the Ravens.
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