Devin McCourty says he will play next season

Ryan Hannable
February 21, 2019 - 10:20 pm

Devin McCourty will play in 2019 after all.

At Opening Night of Super Bowl week, McCourty indicated there was a chance the game could be his last, but almost three weeks later he said he plans on returning.

“I’m gonna play," he said on the Sports Spectrum podcast. "I think it was cool at this point now like being down here and seeing — I think you’re so wrapped up in the season and at that point that was media night and when Deion [Sanders] said that to me and I was like, ‘Yeah, man, if we win the Super Bowl I don’t know what else could top that.’

"In that moment, I think I forgot I don’t play this game just to win Super Bowls. There’s so much more that comes from me playing the game that I love. I think once you get a chance to step away for a couple of weeks, you’re like, ‘Yeah man, I still want to be around these other young guys that come in.’”

McCourty, who will turn 32 years old next August, is in the final year of his contract and has a base salary of $9 million with a cap hit of $13.4 million, so he seems like a candidate to potentially restructure.

His twin brother Jason will be a free agent, but he certainly is in play to return to New England, especially with Devin confirming he's returning.

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