New England’s secondary will feature one less McCourty brother in 2021. Jason McCourty is reportedly headed to Miami, defecting to New England’s AFC East rival on a one-year deal, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. The 33-year-old appeared in 44 games including 33 starts over his three-year stint in Foxboro, playing in the secondary alongside his twin brother Devin.
The veteran corner had never reached the playoffs until 2018, when the Patriots defeated Los Angeles in Super Bowl LIII for their sixth Lombardi Trophy. McCourty made an important contribution to that game, thwarting the Rams’ best scoring opportunity by breaking up an end-zone pass to former Patriot Brandin Cooks. That completed McCourty’s redemption arc, erasing any memory of the 0-16 season he endured a year earlier in Cleveland.
Prior to signing with the Dolphins, who are coached by former Patriots assistant Brian Flores, the Rutgers alum had also drawn interest from the Giants, another team with strong New England ties (coach Joe Judge previously spent five years as Bill Belichick’s special teams coordinator). Though not as accomplished as his brother, a two-time Pro Bowler and three-time Super Bowl champ, Jason has been a reliable contributor throughout his career, amassing 723 tackles, 18 interceptions, nine forced fumbles, five recoveries and two return touchdowns over 166 games for Cleveland, New England and the team he was drafted by in 2009, Tennessee.