According to Albert Breer of NFL.com, the New England Patriots have reached out to safety Devin McCourty, about possibly extending him before he becomes a free agent.
The Patriots have reached out to start contract talks with veteran S Devin McCourty. He’s due $3.97M in the final year of his rookie deal.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 6, 2014
Striking a new deal with McCourty is something that the Patriots should want to get done, as he has quickly turned into one of the best safeties in the entire league. With McCourty surveying the defense, rarely does an opposing quarterback find a mishap in the Pats back end, and take advantage with a long gain. McCourty is excellent is pass coverage, but even better in communicating, and leading this defensive group.
Nick Underhill confirmed Breer’s report, but also added that ‘nothing substantial’ has emerged.
The Patriots have had preliminary discussions with the safety, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, about a new deal, according to a source. The source added that nothing substantial has emerged from those talks.
If a deal doesn’t get done this offseason, then Bill Belichick and company have to make sure that they lock him up before he hits the open market. They can’t afford to let him walk.