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- Ian Rapoport reports that McCourty will receive a five-year contract worth $47.5 million.
- According to Rapoport, McCourty actually turned down more money from other teams to re-sign with the Pats.
- Mike Reiss reports that the contract includes $28.5 million guaranteed.
- Garafolo mentions that the Eagles, Giants and Jaguars all took their best shots at landing McCourty, but he’s heading back to New England.
- McCourty, himself, has already confirmed the news.
In terms of average salary, this contract will leave McCourty as the No. 2 highest paid safety in the league behind Earl Thomas. However, McCourty receives the most guaranteed money of any safety.
It will be fascinating to see what kind of impact this contract has on the negotiations with CB Darrelle Revis, who is well positioned to receive a massive contract of his own.
McCourty, 27, appeared in 16 games for the Patriots and totaled 68 tackles, two interceptions, and one forced fumble. Pro Football Focus has McCourty ranked as the No. 8 safety in the league this season.
We had him currently listed as the No. 3 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.