Instead, he signed a five-year, $47.5 million extension with the New England Patriots, the team that selected in the first round (27th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. McCourty was named to two Pro Bowls and helped New England win three Super Bowls during his time in Foxborough.
McCourty, who is set to become a free agent this offseason, developed into one of the NFL’s most elite and versatile safeties. His time with the Patriots coincides with that Giants head coach Joe Judge, former Patriots special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach. McCourty played at least 110 snaps on special teams during Judge’s tenure with the Patriots.
McCourty really enjoyed playing for Judge. Does he love it enough to follow Judge to the Meadowlands?
“I’m always open to talk to anybody,” McCourty said in an interview from Radio Row at Super Bowl LIV. “That’s how I view it.”
Judge considers McCourty to be “one of the best all-around players in the NFL”. McCourty gave Judge his props as well.
“I like Joe,” McCourty said. “I think he is well prepared and passionate, so he has a chance to be a really good head coach…he was so good on special teams he was annoying for how much stuff he would want you to do. I’m excited for him. I think he has the attitude to be in New York. He’ll challenge guys, he’ll be cursing. He’s from Philly, so he has that background.”
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McCourty was raised in Nyack, N.Y. and played collegiately with his twin brother, Jason, at Rutgers. The McCourty brothers were part of the Patriots secondary when the team won Super Bowl LIII.
Last offseason, the Giants were serious contenders for the services of Jason McCourty. He ultimately re-signed with the Patriots and has one more year remaining on his contract and a $5.5 million cap hit.
The Giants have been searching for the right free safety. They allowed Landon Collins, a 2015 second-round pick, to depart in free agency. Collins came to the Giants setting NFL records for production but the team neglected to take advantage by pairing him with a playmaker.
The team is very high on Jabrill Peppers, the four-year pro who came over in the Odell Beckham Jr. trade. They also have Antoine Bethea, who will be 36 years old when training camp starts. The Giants could move on Bethea with little to no damage to the salary cap.
Judge has not commented publicly on the Giants’ roster.