An earlier report by the NFL Network's Mike Garafolo indicated that the Browns would be releasing McCourty. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald later reported that the Browns did inform McCourty of his release - but before they could execute the move, the Patriots called them at the last minute to make the trade.
McCourty, 30, played the first eight seasons of his NFL career with the Tennessee Titans before playing in 14 games for the Browns in 2017. He joins his twin brother Devin McCourty as an NFL teammate for the first time.
Jason logged 3 interceptions and 14 passes defensed in 2017 with the Browns. He played the second-most snaps (899) among all Cleveland corners last season.
Essentially, Bill Belichick gave nothing up in order to ensure that Jason is on his roster. The Patriots move from the 205th pick to the 219th pick to avoid bidding with other teams for his services. Jason is due a base salary of $2.375 million in 2018 with a cap hit of just $3 million.
It's a very low-risk move with the potential for great rewards in Foxboro. Jason could turn out to be a good No. 2 cornerback for the Pats, and should be motivated to play hard with the best chance of his career to win a Super Bowl. And if he doesn't work out, the price to get him was inconsequential.
Now that they're teammates, perhaps the McCourty twins bring the best out of each other next season.
-- By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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