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Patriots S McCourty plans to play in 2020

Field Level Media
23 Jan 2020, 06:40 GMT+10

Free-agent-to-be safety Devin McCourty is not planning to retire this offseason, but it's unclear if he will remain with the New England Patriots in 2020.

McCourty's agent, Andy Simms, told ESPN in a story published Wednesday that McCourty "wants to play" and that "retirement is not an option."

The 32-year-old suggested last January, before Super Bowl LIII, that he could consider retiring if the Patriots won the title, which they did against the Los Angeles Rams. But he returned for the 2019 season and now plans to play at least one more season.

McCourty is set to hit free agency for the second time in his career after playing out a five-year, $47.5 million contract signed in March 2015. He explored the market that March and considered offers from other teams before returning to New England.

A first-round pick by the Patriots in 2010, McCourty has started 155 games across 10 seasons, earning two Pro Bowl nods while intercepting 26 passes and breaking up 86. He had five interceptions and seven pass breakups this season and has not missed a game since 2015.

McCourty's twin brother, Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty, has one year remaining on a two-year, $10 million contract he signed last March. The contract is not guaranteed, and the Patriots could save $3.8 million by releasing him.

--Field Level Media

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