New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 27: Cornerback Jason McCourty #30 of the New England Patriots celebrates a touchdown in the first quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Patriots plan to pick up the 2020 contract option for cornerback Jason McCourty.

McCourty’s contract contained a potential out this offseason that would have left the Patriots with just under $2 million in dead cap money. Instead, the Patriots retain his services with a cap hit of $5.5 million according to Spotrac.

The Patriots traded a sixth-round pick for McCourty (and a seventh) before the 2018 season. In Super Bowl LIII, he made one of the biggest plays of the game, breaking up a pass in the end zone intended for Brandin Cooks.

In 2019 the 32-year-old McCourty played 12 games for the Patriots, starting 10. He missed the end of the season with a groin injury.

The Patriots are currently working on bringing back Jason’s brother Devin, who it set to become a free agent when the new league year begins on March 18. While multiple teams have reportedly shown interest in Devin, the Patriots now have guaranteed a unique bargaining chip they can bring to the table…the chance to continue to play with his brother.

Devin and Jason McCourty both discussed their futures with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich last month at the Super Bowl. You can check out that conversation here:

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