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Patriots re-sign safety Devin McCourty

Patriots re-sign safety Devin McCourty

Teams in need of a safety will need to scratch the market’s top player off their wish lists. Devin McCourty is set to return to the New England Patriots without testing free agency. His agents, Andy Simms and Wesley Spencer, both confirmed the news as well. The deal is for five years and $47.5 million, with $28.5 million guaranteed.635614569576332774-2015-03-08-Devin-McCourty

McCourty has been one of New England’s most reliable players, starting every single contest he has played in his five seasons and missing only three games in that span. In a secondary that boasted corners Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner in 2014, McCourty’s athleticism and range helped the Patriot secondary become one of the best in the NFL. Including three postseason games, McCourty racked up 78 tackles, three interceptions, nine passes defended and one forced fumble.

McCourty, 27, entered the league as a cornerback in the 2010 draft, when New England selected him 27th overall. A move to free safety in 2012, however, showcased McCourty’s versatility and helped establish him as one of the best play-makers at the position. Since then, McCourty has found a home at safety and was instrumental in the team’s charge to a championship in Super Bowl XLIX.