According to reports from the Boston Herald, the Patriots’ first-round pick Devin McCourty should be signing a contract with the team soon. The goal for the Pats is to get McCourty and the rest of its rookie class signed and in Foxborough no later than July 29, which is when the full team starts training camp. McCourty’s agent, Andy Simms, said, “There’s not a lot to discuss or report at this point, but we are speaking and have been the last couple of weeks. Obviously, it’s a slow process. There’s some issues with the pending lockout, and working with option bonuses, but we’ve pretty much have figured out the best way to structure the deal and I’m very optimistic we’re going to get a deal done on time and I think the Patriots would say the same thing.”
McCourty, speaking at a Pop Warner football camp, also sounded optimistic. “I think it will be done pretty soon so I can move on and start playing football,” McCourty said. With the 24th overall pick, Dez Bryant, having signed a contract, it opens the doors for those chosen after him to structure their deals. That includes McCourty, who was selected 27th overall. McCourty figures to be the nickel corner at worst and could challenge Darius Butler for the starting job opposite Leigh Bodden. It is important, both for McCourty and the Patriots, that he’s in camp on time.