Devin McCourty plans to come back for an 11th NFL season, regardless of whether it's with the New England Patriots.
McCourty's agent, Andy Simms of Young Money APAA Sports, told ESPN's Mike Reiss that the 32-year-old safety "wants to play" and that "retirement is not an option" for his client.
McCourty has spent his entire NFL career with the Patriots and is one of the most well-respected members of the organization. His five-year, $47.5 million contract ends in March, though, so New England will have to broker a deal with him in free agency.
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That may be easier said than done considering the Patriots have a host of players entering free agency in 2020, most notably fellow captain Matthew Slater, linebackers Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy and, of course, quarterback Tom Brady.
McCourty and his twin brother Jason, a Patriots cornerback, were at the Celtics-Grizzlies game on Wednesday night and NBC Sports Boston's Abby Chin caught up with them:
The Patriots likely will have to give Brady a raise from his $21.5 million cap hit in 2019, which would leave less money for a player like McCourty, who is due for his own raise after continuing to play at a high level on a team-friendly deal.
If New England wants to maintain leadership and stability on defense, though, it may be willing to pay up for McCourty. We'll find out when free agency begins March 18.
The Patriots reportedly pursued free-agent defensive end Derek Wolfe, but he won't be coming to New England.
Instead, the former Denver Bronco is headed to the Baltimore Ravens on a one-year, $6 million deal according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
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It was reported last week the Patriots had discussions with Wolfe, who tallied a career-high seven sacks with Denver in 2019. The 30-year-old was selected by the Broncos in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft and has been a rock-solid contributor on their defensive line the past eight seasons.
New England could use a boost to its pass rush after losing several key defensive players to free agency. Notable departures include Kyle Van Noy (Miami Dolphins), Jamie Collins (Detroit Lions) and defensive tackle Danny Shelton (Lions).
While this quarantined life most of us have been living has some of us losing track of dates and even days of the week, here's a reminder that it is indeed March 28.
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That would be 3-28.
And in New England, 3-28 brings to mind one thing.
Super Bowl LI.
The Patriots, of course, were on the 3 end, and the Atlanta Falcons 28, when late in the third quarter, New England's comeback began. The rest is happy history for Patriots fans.
So, on 3-28, guess what's trending on Twitter? It's Saturday, by the way.
New Orleans Saints fans like to remind their NFC South rivals what day it is, too:
To get a good look at the comeback, you can tune into FOX Sunday at 3 when the Patriots' 34-28 victory is re-aired.