The Patriots utilized their franchise tag on kicker Stephen Gostkowski, leaving Devin McCourty in the dark.
When asked on Monday how did he feel about New England not placing the franchise tag on him, McCourty told ESPN’s Josina Anderson
I guess [there’s] more of a chance now with the franchise tag going to Steve that I could be playing in a different place.
“I really didn’t know. There was no real information from them on if it was going to be me or Steve [Gostkowski]. So I was kind of going off of what everybody else was going off, with what people were reporting as far as sources and all that. So, I guess it’s more realistic now that [there’s] a chance that I might not be back there. Or there’s still a chance that I will, but I guess [there’s] more of a chance now with the franchise tag going to Steve that I could be playing in a different place. Still, keeping an open mind and trying to enjoy the process.”
After hearing about the news, brother Jason McCourty waisted no time getting his recruiting pitch together by sending out this tweet.
Jason McCourty has always talked about how he would love to reunite with his brother. They last played together as college teammates at Rutgers.
Devin McCourty is currently the number two ranked free agent, according to NFL.com
The addition of Devin would be a great one for the Tennessee Titans. As having a great free roaming safety like McCourty will help bolster the Titans secondary, which ranked 15th in the league last year in stopping the pass.
The addition of Dick LeBeau is also a huge selling point for Tennessee in their recruitment of defensive players this off-season, and Devin McCourty’s recruitment will be no different.
LeBeau has a strong history of getting the absolute best out of his players. Former Titans’ safety Chris Hope told the Tennessean “I would run through a wall for Dick LeBeau…Even today.”
The combination of Jason McCourty, Dick LeBeau, as well as the Tennessee Titans available checkbook, puts them in a great position to be able to sign Devin McCourty this off-season.