Overview: McCourty was one of two New England Patriots who went from 0-16 to Super Bowl champions in a single season’s turnaround. While McCourty was solid, he is still no easy decision to return. And while he may be looking for a multi-year deal with a high guarantee, such deals are rare for cornerbacks over the age of 30 in today’s NFL.
McCourty had an up-and-down first season in New England, struggling at times (especially early on in the fall) until coming on at the end of the season. With a big play in the Super Bowl to break-up a pass to a wide open Brandin Cooks in the end zone, McCourty may have done just enough in a major primetime moment to catch the eye of some NFL executive somewhere.
He is certainly still a productive cornerback for the Patriots, and has the added bonus of playing next to his twin brother in New England. There are also a few other veteran cornerbacks available on the market this year.
As a solid presence who is a good insurance policy, McCourty should be brought back if he’s okay with the price Belichick gives him.
UPDATE: As of Wednesday, McCourty has reportedly agreed to a new two-year deal to remain with the Patriots.
Expected Cost: One year at $3 to $5 million per season, highly incentivized, and a low guarantee.
Keep or Cut Loose: KEEP