‘Retirement is not an option’ for Patriots S Devin McCourty

Andy Hart
January 22, 2020 - 9:32 am

While Tom Brady’s future is dominating Patriots’ headlines these days, he’s not the only key veteran member of the team facing decisions about free agency and possible retirement.

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Safety Devin McCourty is set to be a free agent come March, having just completed one of the more productive seasons of his 10-year career in New England. The former first-round pick tied for second on the Patriots with five interceptions, was fifth on the squad with 60 tackles and added two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery to his playmaking.

A year ago at this time, McCourty talked openly in the days leading up to Super Bowl LIII about possible retirement.

Now, though, that’s apparently no longer a consideration for the 32-year-old veteran of a decade of NFL action.

“He wants to play. Retirement is not an option," agent Andy Simms of Young Money APAA Sports told ESPN

McCourty played out the final season of a five-year, $48-million contract in 2019.

The eight-time Patriots team captain could be a sought-after commodity on the open market given his resurgent numbers and steady leadership in the back end of one of the NFL’s top defenses. McCourty certainly might be an option for coaches around the league who are familiar with his skills and locker room presence, which might be a consideration for Brian Flores in Miami, Joe Judge in New York or Matt Patricia in Detroit.

Another subplot for McCourty’s future is the fact that his cornerback twin brother, Jason, remains under contract with the Patriots for one more season.

So while where Devin McCourty plays in 2020 remains very much a question, it sounds like there is no question that he will indeed suit up somewhere for an 11th NFL season.

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