Patriots Offseason Move Lands Among ESPN’s Best Bargain Deals’
The New England Patriots won Super Bowl LIII, and they didn’t lose too much time resting. Moreover, the team made a few bold moves in the offseason, and earned the praise of football analysts. Experts at ESPN analyzed the moves NFL teams made during the 2019 season, and NFL Insider Field Yates praised the Patriots’ deals.
According to Yates, the Patriots made the “best bargain signing” through the reunion with cornerback Jason McCourty. We agree with Yates. The Patriots played really smart in the offseason.
Yates says McCourty was “one of the team’s steadiest players” last season. But he also notes that this is just one of the reasons New England had to sign McCourty. This is also one of the reasons that made Yates think this way.
McCourty signed a two-year deal worth $10 million right after the beginning of the free agency period. His twin brother Devin played nine years with the Patriots, and Jason was excellent in 2018.
“Retaining him for two years and $10 million is a terrific value for the champs, as McCourty not only brings quality play on the field but also is an excellent teammate and valuable member of the locker room,” Yates wrote.
This deal also gives the Patriots a chance to retain a huge portion of their cornerback squad for 2019. This is the second straight season the McCourty brothers will play with the Patriots together.
Tevin Coleman, Jason Verrett, Eric Weddle, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix found their spot on the list of best bargain deals.
“It’s a beautiful thing man, God is good,” McCourty said after the Super Bowl win. “0-16 last year, Super Bowl champion this year. I couldn’t have thought this up man. Dev texted Bill [Belichick] and told him that two McCourtys are better than one. I guess he believed that and I know tonight he believes it.
“This group of guys, the journey that we’ve gone through this season, from 1-2 to start the season, to losing in Miami on the last play of the game, to going to Pittsburgh and losing again on the road, to having to go on the road and go to Kansas City and having everyone say how bad of a team we were on the road, to go out there to Kansas City, win that game, to this offense and defense holding them to three points.
“The staff has told us the past few weeks, this is the moment we are built for. I remember when I first came to this team in April, there was a whole media spectacle that it wouldn’t be any fun here. It’s my third organization and my 10th season, I haven’t had more fun than this season.”