BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots’ best and most reliable player in the defensive secondary is without a doubt Devin McCourty. And with the trade deadline looming just hours away, the Patriots apparently have visions of adding another McCourty to the mix.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Patriots are interested in trying to acquire cornerback Jason McCourty from the Tennessee Titans.
McCourty, of course, is Devin’s identical twin, and the two are so close that they share a Twitter account. Now that’s brotherly love, folks.
Rapoport added that as of the early afternoon on Tuesday, a deal was not expected. But frankly, no deal is ever expected prior to the 4 p.m. NFL trade deadline, because they are rare. The Patriots, however, often buck the trend of inactivity and have made a number of moves in recent years. In fact, three years ago, the Patriots made the impact acquisition at cornerback by trading for Aqib Talib.
Jason McCourty would seem to be ripe for the picking. His Titans are 1-6 and they just fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt. However, he carries a significant cap hit at $8.6 million this year and $8.8 million next year. If the Patriots were to acquire the cornerback, they’d have to shed salary elsewhere on the roster.
In his seventh year in the NFL, all with Tennessee, Jason McCourty has intercepted 11 passes. This season, he’s made 15 tackles and he’s defended one pass in four games played. He’s also forced six fumbles in his career.
UPDATE: The deadline has passed and the Patriots did not acquire Jason McCourty.
The Patriots stood pat at the deadline.