New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty spoke at training camp today, and while he certainly is excited to be back out on the field, it should be noted that he is heading into a contract year, and he has not spoke with the team about a new contract, as reported by Jeff Howe.
The Patriots have not reached out to Devin McCourty in regard to a contract extension since the two sides initiated dialogue earlier this offseason, according to a source.
McCourty is one of the best safeties in the league, so eventually, New England should try to lock him up long-term. These types of players don’t come around every day, and when they do, you better try to get them under contract while you can.
Here are a few quotes from McCourty:
“You just play football. Contract year, I think, is what everyone else talks about. As a player, it’s just another year in the league. It’s my fifth year in the league. I still want to get better as a player. … As you get older, year by year, you just want to continue to get better using what you’ve learned mentally and still try to develop and get better physically.”
On the competitiveness of training camp:
“I love this time of year. It’s going to be competitive each and every day.”
I love McCourty, and really hope he ends up staying in New England for a long time. But this press conference showed me that he won’t get distracted by money, and he will put his best foot forward in 2014. The Patriots will need McCourty’s best all year long, even though they added Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner this offseason.
In fact, I think having those two available to him in his final contract year will only help McCourty. Two shutdown corners will allow McCourty to do what he does best, which is roam the field, and sniff out the ball. By doing this, he may earn himself more money when it comes time to sign a contract, which I am sure he won’t complain about.