Safety Devin McCourty Will Return for Patriots Next Season

February 23, 2019
New England Patriots Jason McCourty, left, and Devin McCourty celebrate with fans during a Feb. 5 victory parade through downtown Boston after defeating the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53. AP FILE PHOTO Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

By Kevin Duffy

Boston Herald

FOXBORO -- The New England Patriots have an answer on the future of one of their key veterans.

Safety Devin McCourty announced that he will return to the team in 2019.

“I’m gonna play,” McCourty said on the Sports Spectrum Podcast.

In the week leading up to Super Bowl LIII, McCourty unexpectedly declared that he was undecided on a return if the Patriots won. His logic: How can it get any better than winning a Super Bowl alongside his brother Jason?

“That was Super Bowl Media Night when Deion (Sanders) said that to me, and it was like, ‘Yeah, man, if we win the Super Bowl I don’t know what else could top that,’” McCourty said on the Sports Spectrum Podcast. “And I think in that moment I kind of forgot that I don’t play this game just to win Super Bowls. There’s so much more than comes from me playing the game that I love. I think once you get a chance to step away for a couple weeks you’re like, ‘Yeah, man, I still do want to be around these young guys that come in.’”

“Being down here (with Sports Spectrum) this week, and next week going to do a football camp in Puerto Rico with the family, it really starts to make you realize the platform that you get to use to do some special things,” McCourty said.

McCourty, who turns 32 in August, will be entering his 10th NFL season. He’ll account for a cap hit of $13.4 million in the final year of his contract.

Jason McCourty becomes an unrestricted free agent in March.