This free agency was terrible for the New England Patriots. They lost quarterback Tom Brady and a few other players. Brady, Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, and a few others decided to sign with another NFL team. But, Devin McCourty made a choice. He is staying with the New England Patriots. For many analysts, the New England Patriots signed the biggest bargain deal this free agency.
The veteran safety signed a two-year deal right before the official start of free agency. McCourty has been a key player for the Patriots in a decade. His leadership skills will be of great importance now. New England will play without Brady for the first time in two decades. That will be the biggest challenge they will ever have. But, head coach Bill Belichick always has a backup plan.
“I’m always a fan of investing (two years, $23 million) in your own players, particularly one who is as indispensable as any other on the defensive side of the ball (certainly along with cornerback Stephon Gilmore),” Yates wrote. “McCourty is one of the best players in football and an indispensable cog for the Patriots’ defense.”
The three-time Super Bowl champion could have easily signed a better contract elsewhere. According to ESPN NFL analyst Field Yates, New England has landed the biggest bargain deal of free agency by re-signing the veteran.
Did the Patriots make a good bargain deal in free agency?
As we already mentioned, the past week had a lot of surprises for the Patriots. According to one NFL writer, the Patriots also made the biggest head-scratching offseason move. ESPN NFL writer Kevin Seifert believes the Patriots made a mistake. They watched Brady walk out the door, and this is the biggest mistake ever.
The team had plenty of time to work out a solution. The Patriots could have done something to keep Brady. It wasn’t just his fault. Maybe it was institutional stubbornness. But, Brady is gone now, and the Patriots will have to live with it.