In the Patriots’ first few signings of the 2022 off-season, they prioritized bringing back established leaders of the recent core. This plan included re-signing safety Devin McCourty to a one-year deal for up to $9 million.
With a base salary of $1.25 million, McCourty will make most of his money through a $6.75 million signing bonus, along with another $1 million in bonuses, as reported by Mike Reiss. The contract also features void years through 2026, which will help spread out the cap hit, but result in dead money once McCourty is no longer on the team.
McCourty returns for his 13th season in New England, after posting 60 tackles with 10 passes defended and three interceptions in 2021. With the deal, McCourty extends his playing career and the Patriots retain a locker room leader and a voice to direct traffic from the back of the secondary.
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - NOVEMBER 18: Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots intercepts a pass against the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 18, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
Oct 3, 2021; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) reacts to a call during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 17, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) exits the field after an overtime defeat against the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Devin McCourty (32) and his New England Patriots teammates celebrate stoping the New York Giants (not shown) at the one yard line. Sunday, August 29, 2021
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 19: Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball after intercepting a pass by quarterback Zach Wilson #2 of the New York Jets in the third quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on September 19, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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