Although he had his struggles as a cornerback, Devin McCourty has become a good safety and excellent leader for the New England Patriots.
At just 26 years old, he is obviously a player the Patriots would like to lock up long term.
According to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, McCourty will have the chance to sign a long-term, high-paying contract in the near future.
My take on safety Devin McCourty’s long-term future with the Patriots has been that it’s more a matter of “when” than “if” he will be presented the opportunity to sign a lucrative contract extension. McCourty’s contract expires after the 2014 season, and with Saints safety Jairus Byrd just landing a deal that averages $9 million per season, and Seahawks safety Earl Thomas set to hit the market after the 2014 season and likely eclipse that mark, a strong case could be made that the Patriots would be wise to be proactive with McCourty. The proactive approach has backfired at times (e.g. Aaron Hernandez), but McCourty, from...