Report: Both McCourty twins could retire after Super Bowl; Gronkowski dealt with Achilles tendonitis and bulging disc in back during season

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Jason McCourty of the New England Patriots and Devin McCourty react during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Jason McCourty of the New England Patriots and Devin McCourty react during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Devin McCourty recently hinted that he was considering retirement, before walking his comments back. But a new report suggests that both McCourty twins, Devin and Jason, could end up calling it a career after Super Bowl LIII.

The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport referenced the McCourtys in a new story on the NFL Network about Rob Gronkowski, who also continues to have retirement rumors swirling around him. Sources tell Rapoport that Gronkowski's ankle injury during the season was Achilles tendonitis, and his back injury was a bulging disc that further slowed him in 2018.

He's 100 percent now, as are both Devin and Jason McCourty - but there's a possibility that all three retire after the Patriots play the Rams in the Super Bowl.

Jason McCourty of the Tennessee Titans and Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
Jason McCourty of the Tennessee Titans and Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Rapoport says Jason may actually be more likely to retire than Devin, and would likely do so if the Patriots don't bring him back. Devin, meanwhile, may "accelerate things" if the Patriots ask him to take a pay cut off his $9 million salary in 2019.

Jason has enjoyed one of his best seasons as a pro in his first year with the 13-5 Patriots - by far his most successful in the win column. He played in 2017 for the Cleveland Browns, who infamously wen 0-16. In his eight seasons with the Tennessee Titans, the team never won more than nine games in the regular season and went 50-78 overall.

Perhaps he and Devin are hoping to cap their careers with a Super Bowl championship, which would be Jason's first and Devin's third.

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