New England Patriots

Dec 8, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

Devin McCourty plans to be back in the NFL in 2020. The question is, where will he play?

“He wants to play. Retirement is not an option” Andy Simms, McCourty’s agent, told ESPN’s Mike Reiss. At 32 years old, McCourty is getting ready to enter unrestricted free agency for the second time in his career.

Back in 2015, the Patriots allowed the 2010 first-round pick to hit the open market, where he drew interest from a number of teams before signing a five-year, $47.5 million deal to remain with the Patriots. McCourty should garner some interest this spring as well. He finished 2019 tied for second in the NFL with five interceptions, the most he’s had since he made the full-time transition from cornerback to safety.

Still playing at a high level and showing impressive durability (he hasn’t missed a game in four years), there are plenty of reasons for NFL teams to want to bring him in. Can the Patriots remain in the mix, with a projected $28 million in cap space, and 19 other players (including Tom Brady, Kyle Van Noy, and Joe Thuney) to take care of? Besides Devin McCourty, the remainder of the Patriots secondary is under contract for next season, including Devin’s twin brother Jason McCourty. 

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth