After three seasons together, the McCourty twins officially broke up. Although Devin is still entering the 2021 season with the New England Patriots, his twin brother Jason will leave the organization: The unrestricted free agent has agreed to join the Miami Dolphins, with the former Patriots assistant coach. Brian Flores and Josh Boyer are reunited.
Despite his short tenure in New England, it is still worth looking back at-especially considering how Jason McCourty arrived in his first term. After all, the deal that brought him to the Patriots in 2018 will fall into one of the best deals in team history.
Let us roll back time to March 201
The Cleveland Browns have a 0-16 record, and they are rebuilding the lineup from scratch. It also means parting ways with previously successful but expensive players. McCourty is one of them: even though he was respected in the organization during the disastrous 2017 season and was one of the better players in the organization, his salary cap also reached $4 million and entered a new look. The 31-year-old season.
Although these numbers alone may not play a role in decision-making, he also appeared to be critical of Brown’s decision makers at the end of the season press conference.
“At the time, the talent in the locker room was not the talent who won the Super Bowl this year, but the locker room was more talented than 0-16,” he said at the time. “I’m a little tired of hearing what so many people say, even within the organization, we don’t have anyone, or we need more people. Let’s work with the people we have and find a way to win the game.”
For one reason or another, Cleveland decided to leave McCourty. Therefore, the first impulse of the team was to release him. The news spread to the media, and the Browns even officially announced that they had parted ways with him.
Enter the patriot. Instead of releasing McCourty and letting the market set his price, New England picked up the phone to talk to the transaction.
The two parties quickly reached an agreement. The Patriots will receive the veteran cornerback and the seventh round of the upcoming draft in the sixth round of the same year. In return for being an experienced veteran, the New England team dropped from 205 to 214. He may be the best defensive player of 2017 on the team before him.
The two options involved in the transaction are not worth mentioning. The Browns used it to trade and acquired LSU cornerback Simon Thomas with the 188th. The Patriots finally chose LSU quarterback Danny Etling in 2014. Neither of them became his team roster that year, and neither was with the drafting club anymore. they.
But from the Patriot’s perspective, the choice to send McCourty from Cleveland to New England did not make this deal a great deal. The fact is that they made some small changes on the third day of the draft and were able to add pioneers in second place: McCourty continued to appear in the team’s 47 regular season and playoff combinations and established him. I am the leader of its defensive backcourt.
It has never been so obvious in Super Bowl 53.
In the first nine seasons of his NFL career, McCourty never made the playoffs. He played for the Tennessee Titans for eight and Cleveland. Up one. In New England, playing with his twin brothers, he not only made it to the playoffs, but also helped his team advance to the Super Bowl. In that game, he played one of the key defensive plays:
In the Super Bowl alone, it seemed that a deterministic touchdown pass breakup was worth more than a 14-point substitution in the seventh round of the draft. McCourty defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in the New England game, winning him his first and only championship ring to date.
Of course, his contribution did not end here. He was the starting line wall hanging for two seasons. In 2020, he voted for a team captain for the first time-in view of the social justice protests that broke out in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, the voice role in the locker room.
The Patriots experienced a challenging season last year and ended the game with a disappointing 7-9 record, but McCourty kept the locker room intact and helped the team play from the Tom Brady era. Played an important role. Add in all his other contributions on and off the court, and you will see why the New Englander is very satisfied with his tenure at the club and the trade that brought him.