McCourty, 26, has just one year remaining on his rookie contract and will make just $920,000 for the 2014 season, despite being the Patriots best defensive back. In fact, Pro Football Focus has McCourty rated as the No. 1 overall safety in league this season by a decent margin.
As things stand right now, New England doesn’t have a ton of cap space to work with and they will also need to make some decisions regarding free agents-to-be CB Aqib Talib, ILB Brandon Spikes, WR Julian Edelman and RB LeGarrette Blount.
If McCourty is willing to offer them a discount on a long-term deal it could be worth considering given that he will almost certainly be a highly sought after free agent a year from now.