Ever since the New England Patriots opted against placing the franchise tag of safety Devin McCourty, the future of the one-time Pro Bowler has been in question.
It is looking increasingly likely that his time with the Patriots is coming to an end, with New England unlikely to meet his salary demands. The ongoing negotiations meanwhile have left the door open for two teams in the NFC East.
Battle out East
As reported by Dianna Marie Russini of NBC Washington, the impending free agent is drawing interesting from both the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles - the latter having McCourty "high" on their wish list.
McCourty enters free agency as perhaps the top talent in his position and, as such, is likely to have numerous offers on the table for his services ahead of the 2015 season.
The Eagles though appear in the perfect position to go get the 27-year-old having made moves in recent days to free up as much cap space as possible (around $48 million at present). Moreover, Chip Kelly's team are in desperate need of recruits in the secondary after several departures and under-performers in that area.
As for the Giants, they too have cap room to play with this offseason. The G-Men are reportedly keen to replace former big money safety signing Antrel Rolle after a disappointing 2014 campaign. Adding the recent Super bowl champion McCourty would be the perfect way to do that - making the Giants a legitimately strong secondary.
Career to date
Since arriving at the New England Patriots out of Rutgers, Devin McCourty has only missed three games in give years with the franchise. He has 17 interceptions in that time along with 296 total tackles and 58 passes defensed.
His efforts have afforded him the opportunity to earn a long-term big money contract and it looks like that could be from a team in the NFC East. Even if the Patriots want to keep him around it looks increasingly unlikely that they will have the financial clout to do so.
What do you think? Eagles, or Giants, who has the best chance of landing the top free agency star? And are the Patriots making a mistake not paying up to keep him? Let us know in the comments section below...