Was Devin McCourty surprised at number of players who left Patriots?

Ryan Hannable
March 26, 2020 - 10:10 am

Patriots safety Devin McCourty re-signed with the team a few days before free agency began. 

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The 32-year-old likely would have received quite a bit of interest on the open market, so he pretty much turned down the opportunity to get a fresh start. But, with the number of players who left the Patriots in free agency, including Tom Brady, it's almost like he's getting a fresh start by staying with the Patriots.

Appearing on The Greg Hill Show Thursday, McCourty explained how his situation is pretty ironic.

“As far as guys leaving, I actually signed back before everybody left, so I didn’t know any of that," he said. "I was kind of expecting to be able to sign back and be on a team with a lot of guys that I am used to playing with and thought I was kind of turning down a new opportunity and fresh start. I kind of got that coming back. Sometimes it is ironic, you think you know what you’re doing, but you really don’t and it gives you a fresh new start and an opportunity to do something a little different.”

Although he no longer will be playing with Brady, Duron Harmon, Kyle Van Noy, etc., McCourty is happy for those players and their new opportunities.

“I am happy for (Brady)," he said. "I think a lot of times in this game it’s easy to get stuck on where guys play and that is your favorite team. But, I look at not just him, but all the guys that are going on to new opportunities. I think about a guy like Kyle Van Noy, who I am really close with, who kind of came in, he was hurt in Detroit, came to New England and kind of turned his career around and now gets a big pay day chance in Miami. Obviously, everyone knows how close I am with Duron Harmon. I think for him he gets to go start in Detroit and have a chance to be a starting free safety in this league. Tom did something for 20 years straight in New England. It was special, but now seeing the opportunity he has now in Tampa, he seems very excited for it.

"I am happy for him and all the guys who are going playing new opportunities in new areas. As long as when we play them we beat those teams, I am happy for them.”

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