Jason McCourty was the longest tenured player on the Tennessee Titans prior to his release on Thursday. A new regime has taken effect over the past couple of seasons due the hire of general manager Jon Robinson. Dick LeBeau took over the defense in 2015, making the release possibly due to scheme change.
The Patriots could be in need of another corner if Malcolm Butler is traded. Although, Bill does still have Eric Rowe, Cyrus Jones, Jonathan Jones, and Justin Coleman to compete for that spot. Along with possible rookies coming via draft of undrafted free agency. The veteran presence that Jason McCourty would bring to the cornerback position could be key.
Eric Rowe may not be ready to be a full time number two corner, neither might Cyrus Jones. Jonathan Jones and Justin Coleman are more of a competition for who gets the last active spot on game-day.
Jason McCourty does have experience starting at corner. He has started in every game he’s played in since 2011. But, he’s never played in a playoff game or been named to the Pro Bowl. Meanwhile, his twin brother, Devin McCourty has won two Super Bowls. Devin has only missed the AFC Championship game once in his career, that coming in his rookie season.
Another thing to point out that could spark interest in Bill is Jason went to Rutgers. The Patriots had Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, and Logan Ryan last season, all went to Rutgers.
Jason seems like a classic Bill pickup late in free agency. A veteran who has never won before, with something left in the tank. Bill will milk that last ounce of football that Jason has in him to try and get him a coveted ring. For the right price of course. Jason was due $7M this season and the Titans have a high pick which they could invest at that position. Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore has been seen there a lot recently.
Jason is certainly worth a shot for the Patriots if they can get him at the right price. They are armed with cap room, but they shouldn’t be spending it on Jason McCourty.