Safety Devin McCourty was close to leaving New England. 

According to a report from ESPN.com, McCourty was on the phone with coach Bill Belichick and told him he was going to leave for another team — the Eagles, Giants and Jaguars were all in pursuit. 

It was then when the Patriots decided to raise their offer to five years for $47.5 million with $28.5 millon guaranteed. McCourty could have made more money elsewhere apparently, but he decided that the money New England finally offered was enough. 

According to NJ.com, the Eagles offered more than McCourty and thought they had him locked up at one point on Sunday. 

McCourty totaled 68 tackles and two interceptions a season ago.

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