New England Patriots may have one of the most potent offenses in the NFL, but it was also solid defensive play last season which helped them lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy in February after their dramatic win over the Seattle Seahawks.
Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman wouldn’t all have Super Bowl rings if it wasn’t for the help of Dont'a Hightower, Darrelle Revis, Devin McCourty and co. But despite this, it turns out the latter, Devin McCourty, might not be a Patriots player next season.
The star safety was a crucial part of the Patriots’ defense which yet again showed its proficiency for forcing turnovers. But despite winning it all last season, reports suggest that the Patriots have identified certain players on their team that might be surplus to requirements this offseason.
Unsure of his future
One of the big reasons such a dependable player like McCourty might become surplus to requirements this offseason is because of money. Naturally, after some strong seasons for the Pats, McCourty wants an improved deal and the star safety had expected that he would be retained in New England under the franchise tag.
But on Monday, the Patriots decided to somewhat surprisingly put kicker Stephen Gostkowski on the franchise tag for the 2015 NFL season, throwing McCourty’s future at New England into doubt. And the safety admitted on Tuesday that the odd decision by the Pats now means it’s unlikely he will stay with New England.
"I really didn't know," McCourty explained, NFL.com reported. "There was no real information from them on if it was going to be me or (Gostkowski). So I was kind of going off of what everybody else was going off, with what people were reporting as far as sources and all that. So, I guess it's more realistic now that (there's) a chance that I might not be back (in New England)."
Football is a business
Despite the uncertainty, McCourty wants to remain with the Patriots, but he understands that football is a business and he explains it might not work out between him and the Pats.
"I want to play there, but I also understand it's a business," McCourty added. "I don't want to play there no matter what, but I want to be back. We'll have to see how it works out."