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Why ESPN Ranks Devin McCourty As One Of NFL's Best Offseason Signings

Posted On: Mar 29, 2020   |   Posted By: NESN

Considering Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, most New England Patriots fans likely believe the team has had a miserable offseason. And, well, they might be right.
Still, that doesn't mean its been all bad for New England since the start of NFL free agency.
The 32-year-old safety and the Patriots recently agreed to a five-year contract extension that, for all intents and purposes , really is a two-year deal. And, according to ESPN's Bill Barnwell, the move represents one of the best signings of the NFL offseason.
From his column published Friday:
Grade: B+
While there were rumors that one of the organizations stocked with former Patriots coaches and executives would make a run at McCourty, the presence of twin brother Jason and coach Bill Belichick made it more likely that the 10-year veteran would return to his only professional home. The two-time Pro Bowler was one of the best safeties in football a year ago, picking off five passes for the first time since 2012 while allowing a passer rating...

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