Jason McCourty says ‘first choice’ would be return to Patriots

Jason McCourty says ‘first choice’ would be return to Patriots

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Unlike his twin brother, Jason McCourty says he never considered retiring after the Patriots won the Super Bowl earlier this month.

Sunday, Jason McCourty made it clear he intends to play in 2019 and hopes it’s with the Patriots.

“(Devin) got me intertwined,” moaned Jason who will be a free agent when the new league year begins March 13. “I’m over here answering retirement questions and I never said anything about retirement.

“First and foremost, if I could be back in New England and all of that works out, that would be awesome,” Jason continued. “That way it wouldn’t be the third consecutive year I had to move my family. That would be an advantage. But at the same time you realize how much of this is a business and how much of this isn’t dictated by (the feeling), ‘Hey, I just want to play here with my brother and the guys I built a relationship with.’ There’s so much more that goes into it.


“For me, (the approach will be) letting it play out. When March rolls around we’ll see where everything’s at and then at the end of the day we’ll see where the opportunities are and then make a decision.”

This past season was the final year of the two-year, $6M deal McCourty signed with Cleveland in mid-April of 2017. The Patriots traded for McCourty last March and he was a valuable contributor at cornerback, playing 933 snaps and having his best season since 2012 according to Pro Football Focus which had him graded as the 11th best corner in the NFL.

The Patriots will no doubt see the value in keeping McCourty. But they also have young talent coming up like J.C. Jackson and Keion Crossen. It’s not unlikely to think the Patriots will allow McCourty to get to free agency and let him gauge his market across the league before making a move to re-sign him.

McCourty, who signed a five-year, $43M deal with the Titans in 2012, has never been a free agent at the start of a league year.

“I spent the first eight years of my career in Tennessee and never saw free agency,” he explained. “And then, 10 days before the draft, I was released by Tennessee and thrown into free agency. I felt like I kind of got shafted a little bit in my free agency experience that year because by waiting so long to release me, 10 corners had already been picked up and it was really just the bottom of the barrel left. I’d like to make a decision before April for sure so I don’t get stuck in that same situation.”

Given the way he played in 2018, there will be interest. 

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Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady engaged in plenty of trash-talking with his opponents Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods during "The Match" on Sunday. But they weren't the only ones going back-and-forth with the six-time Super Bowl champion.

NBA legend Charles Barkley was a commentator for the charity golf match and didn't hold back from letting Brady hear all about his lackluster performance through the first few holes. On the seventh hole, however, the ex-New England Patriots quarterback birdied a par-5 with what was unquestionably the best shot of the day to silence Barkley. 

The real mic drop from Brady came after the match, though, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB jabbed Barkley for his inability to win a championship during his NBA career.

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Boom, roasted.

Of course, the trash-talking was all just good fun. And it provided phenomenal entertainment while those involved in "The Match" helped raise more than $20 million to go toward COVID-19 relief efforts.

'Man In the Arena' producer sheds light on what to expect from Tom Brady documentary

'Man In the Arena' producer sheds light on what to expect from Tom Brady documentary

Last week it was revealed Tom Brady will have his own "The Last Dance"-type documentary titled "The Man in the Arena."

ESPN will air the nine-episode series, with each episode covering one of the ex-New England Patriots quarterback's nine Super Bowl runs. Gotham Chopra, a name Pats fans may recognize as the director of "Tom vs. Time," is a producer for the docuseries which is set to premiere in 2021.

Chopra recently caught up with Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated's MMQB to chat about the upcoming documentary and what fans should expect.

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“It’s not Tom Brady’s 'Last Dance,' " Chopra told Breer. “It’s not that. That may or may not exist 20 years from now, I don’t know. There’s this sort of immediacy to this.… The premise [of "The Last Dance"] was telling stories about the seasons, whereas [Brady’s], it does feel a little bit more real time. Tom continues to be an active player. So the idea is, ‘O.K., let’s talk about these nine seasons, this incredible body of work across 20 years, and how it’s still sort of affecting him.’”

“Jordan’s sitting on a couch, looking back, literally looking at stuff on the iPad, reminiscing about things. Tom’s kind of, just when you’re talking to him, it’s still very fresh, because he’s still processing a lot of things that may have happened across a season.”

As for who else will make appearances in the series, that remains to be seen. Chopra notes the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled the interview process, but important figures in Brady's career such as Bill Belichick and Drew Bledsoe have already been reached out to.

“This is inside the mind of Tom,” Chopra said. “So we’ll ask Tom, I’ll use the most obvious one, 2001, What was it like working with Drew [Bledsoe] that season? Got it, now we go talk to Drew, and get his perspective on that. So yeah, there are other voices, other players, coaches, etc., and people off the field that had a lot of influence across those specific seasons that we’re trying to get. Now, we’ve got the added layer of complexity of getting to those people, like everyone else in the world, we’re dealing with that.”

Along with the Super Bowl appearances, Chopra says "The Man in the Arena" will cover both the "Spygate" and "Deflate-gate" controversies. As for whether Brady's 2020 campaign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be included in the series, Chopra says there are no plans for that as of now.