McCourty signed a two-year, $23 million deal with New England on Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Patriots didn't let McCourty test the open market, and the team leader and standout safety is now locked up for another two years. However, the 32-year-old is a curious fantasy case considering he's fresh off a career low in tackles (58) but a nine-year high in interceptions (five).
McCourty announced on his Youtube channel that he is returning to New England in 2020.
The financials aren't clear, but McCourty presumably got a nice payday from New England because the team clearly didn't want him to hit the open market Wednesday.
McCourty said Thursday that he intends to play in 2020 and will explore free agency, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.
McCourty, who has played his entire 10-year NFL career in New England, is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March. The 32-year-old has made his intention to keep playing clear, but it remains to be seen if he'll don a Patriots uniform in 2020 or land with another club. As Volin reports, McCourty last explored free agency in 2015 before ultimately inking a five-year contract with New England.
McCourty posted 58 tackles, seven pass breakups, five interceptions and two forced fumbles across 16 regular-season games in 2019.
McCourty performed well in a contract year, posting his best interception total since the 2012 season. With the free safety's contract expiring in March, McCourty has made it clear he wants to continue playing in pursuit of at least one more big payday, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. Whether he stays in New England is yet to be determined, as the market is yielding salaries over $10 million for top safeties and could price the Patriots out in the bidding for his services.
McCourty was credited with six tackles (five solo) in Saturday's 24-17 win over the Bills.
McCourty's tackle production has fallen off this year as he'll need 11 tackles in Week 17 to avoid setting a new career low. He's more than made up for it with five interceptions, however.
McCourty notched three tackles (one solo) during Sunday's 34-13 win over the Bengals.
McCourty handled 55 snaps on defense (83 percent) during the Week 15 win after having played 100 percent for the last six contests. The veteran safety began the season by notching an interception in four straight contests, but he's now gone seven consecutive weeks without picking off an opposing quarterback.
McCourty had nine tackles (seven solo) and a forced fumble during Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Chiefs.
McCourty set a season high with the nine tackles and nearly equaled his tackle total from the previous three contests (10 tackles). The 32-year-old had a strong start with an interception in each of the first four games of 2019, but his low tackle totals (3.6 average) limit his IDP value.
McCourty tallied seven tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 37-20 loss to the Ravens.
McCourty's interception surge (four through the first four games) has tapered off some with just one pick over the last five contests. However, he's starting to look like the sound tackler he used to be. He's marked at least 80 tackles in three straight seasons leading up to this campaign, so Sunday's performance is reminiscent of that. McCourty and the Patriots' defense will lick their wounds over their upcoming bye and look to get back on track Week 11 against the Eagles.
McCourty had three tackles (one solo) and an interception in Monday's win over the Jets.
McCourty continued his ball-hawking season Monday as he intercepted Sam Darnold on the Jets' second play from scrimmage. The veteran safety has 20 tackles (15 solo) and leads the league with five interceptions.
McCourty compiled five tackles (all solo), one defended pass and one interception during Sunday's 16-10 win over the Bills.
McCourty has notched an interception in four straight games to kick off the season. He's already matched his total for the last four seasons combined. The veteran safety certainly may not keep this unsustainable pace up for the entire season, but he will benefit from a favorable matchup against the Redskins in Week 5.
McCourty snagged an interception in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Jets.
McCourty now has an interception in three straight games to start the season, and he has eight tackles and four pass breakups to add to the stat line. This is a new territory for the veteran safety, as McCourty hasn't posted more than one interception in a season since the 2012 campaign. However, it should be noted that the Patriots have played against the Steelers, Dolphins and Jets. The competition should pick up at some point, but the foreseeable future still looks bright with matchups against the Bills, Redskins, Giants and Jets over the next four weeks.
McCourty recorded two tackles (one solo), a pass breakup and an interception in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.
This is the second straight game that McCourty snagged an interception. The last time McCourty has had more than one pick in a season was in 2014, but he's still far away from his career high of seven interceptions in his rookie campaign. McCourty has a good chance to keep this streak alive in Week 3 versus Jets QB Trevor Siemian.
McCourty recorded six tackles (five solo), two defended passes and an interception during Sunday's 33-3 win over the Steelers.
McCourty was a key piece of the Patriots' secondary, which held quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to completing just 24 of 47 pass attempts for 276 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. The two-time Pro Bowler has already matched his interception total for each of the past four seasons. McCourty will look to keep up the momentum versus the Dolphins in Week 2.
McCourty said he will continue his football career in 2019, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.
McCourty has started 139 regular-season games and 22 playoff games in nine NFL seasons, serving as one of the few mainstays on a New England defense that tends to cycle through a lot of players. A contract extension might make sense even if the 31-year-old safety isn't sure about playing beyond 2019, as he's currently scheduled for a $13.44 million cap hit in the final year of his contract, per overthecap.com. The two-time Pro Bowler had just one interception in each of the past three seasons, averaging 84.7 tackles, 5.3 passes defensed, 1.3 fumble recoveries and 0.7 forced fumbles while starting every game in that span.
McCourty (concussion) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
McCourty did not practice last week while nursing a head injury, and has now returned in full. The starting safety appears on track to clear the league-mandated concussion protocol in time to suit up for Sunday's divisional-round tilt against the Chargers.
McCourty (concussion) returned to practice Wednesday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
McCourty sat out last week's sessions due to a head injury sustained Week 17 against the Jets but now retakes the practice field. He'll need to fully clear the league-mandated concussion protocol in order to suit up for Sunday's divisional-round matchup against the Chargers. McCourty played 96.3 percent of defensive snaps during the regular season and will be a notable boost for New England's secondary if he's able to play.
McCourty (concussion) did not practice Thursday, Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald reports.
McCourty now misses his second consecutive practice due to a head injury. The Patriots are on a bye and aren't required to submit an injury report at any point this week, so it's difficult to assess McCourty's recovery progress. The starting safety's chances of suiting up for New England's playoff opener remain up in the air, and we likely won't discern his true availability until next week.
McCourty (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
McCourty's status for the Patriots' playoff opener remains in limbo, but there appears to be growing optimism that he'll have the chance to suit up. The extra week of rest will be a major factor in McCourty's favor, but given the nature of head injuries, it's more of a wait-and-see situation than anything else at the moment. The hope is he'll return to practice soon, but we likely won't know his game status for the divisional round for at least another week.
McCourty is ruled out to return to Sunday's game against the Jets due to a head injury.
McCourty took a blow to the helmet from teammate Malcolm Brown during the third quarter of Sunday's divisional tilt, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, and will not retake the field. With McCourty sidelined, Nate Ebner will serve as New England's only healthy free safety.
McCourty (undisclosed) wasn't listed on the Patriots' injury report Thursday.
McCourty received medical treatment following Sunday's game, but it appears the issue was minor. Barring a setback, he should expect to see his usual role in Sunday's Week 16 game against Buffalo.
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