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How Duron Harmon helped patriot Jason McCourty "on our Rutgers way"



Jason McCourty's offseason trade with the Patriots united him with his brother Devin.

He had to deal with another former Rutgers Standout to rejoin his jersey number.

McCourty has worn No. 30 during the first nine years of his NFL career with the Browns and Titans. But his fellow Scarlet Knight Duron Harmon has worn the number in New England in recent seasons. No matter; the Patriots announced a change of numbers on Tuesday, and among them was Harmon, who switched to number 21, the old number of the late Malcolm Brown, to pave McCourty's way to # 30 (leaving Devin McCourty in 32nd place).

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"He was on the verge of wanting to change numbers too," McCourty told reporters Tuesday over The Boston Globe. "Well, only in our Rutgers way we could work everything out and everyone is happy."

It is common for players to negotiate side deals to clear certain numbers, with the player giving up the number away with some form of compensation. There is no indication that this happens, though such a transaction would likely fall under the Omerta of Patriots.

Former Rutgers recipient Kenny Britt also changed his number, according to The Globe. Britt will wear No. 88 in his second season as Patriot after wearing No. 85 last year.

This is the first season since 2008 (at Rutgers), the McCourty brothers are teammates. They were underestimated recruits from St. Joseph High School in Montvale, who became stars under former coach Greg Schiano. Jason was sixth in 2009. Jason was a first-round selection the following year.

James Kratch can be reached at jkratch@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JamesKratch . Find NJ.com Rutgers Football on Facebook.


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