The Patriots have spent the past two seasons loading up the cornerback position. Developing Malcolm Butler, signing Stephon Gilmore, trading for Eric Rowe, and drafting Cyrus Jones in the second round, among other moves. Bill Belichick has built this unit the way he wants- physical corners who can play man-to-man. Their top three corners are as good as any in the league. Plus, you cannot count out Cyrus Jones, who was not bad on defense, but just especially bad on special teams.
Belichick even feels so confident in his depth chart that he had a chance at Jason McCourty, but decided they were all set. Both parties had interest but both decided that they would be better off without each other. Jason ended up in Cleveland where he will play a lot more than as a potential third or fourth corner in New England. The two potentially fit together perfectly, maybe three years ago. Three years ago would have been perfect, now, it is just not the time.
Here is what Jason said about the situation on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, “
“I think there was definitely mutual interest,” McCourty said. “Me and Devin have never hid the fact that us playing together would be a dream come true. My mom has hinted at that since we both got into the league. She knows it would be a lot easier only having to travel to one city during the season.
“I think there was definitely mutual interest, but to be honest, the Patriots are kind of set at cornerback. They have a lot of talent in that room. There really wasn’t room for me. Me and Dev talked about that and that’s just the way of the league. I’m excited about the opportunity I have in Cleveland to work with those guys.”
The Patriots will have Jonathan Jones and Justin Coleman to go as the fifth and sixth corner. Jones plays primarily special teams but was good when he needed to step in last season.
Remember when Julian Edelman was playing corner in 2011? A situation like that will never arise because of the way Belichick has built this roster.