According to Cole, remains to be seen how quickly McCourty will sign with a new team, but several teams have already inquired about him.
As soon as the news of McCourty’s release broke, the Patriots immediately came up as a team to watch, given that they previously inquired about a trade for him a few years ago, so they figure to be a team worth keeping an eye on in the coming weeks.
The fact that the draft is just a few weeks away likely complicates the situation to some degree, as teams may want to see who’s available to them in the draft before signing a veteran like McCourty.
It’s worth mentioning that signing McCourty to a contract won’t impact a team’s compensatory picks, considering that he was released.
McCourty, 29, is a former sixth-round pick of the Titans back in 2009. He has spent all eight years of his career with Tennessee and was in the final year of his six-year, $44.26 million contract that included $17 million guaranteed and would have made a base salary of $7 million for the 2017 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing McCourty will free up $7 million of available cap space while creating no dead money.
In 2016, McCourty appeared in 14 games for the Titans and recorded 69 tackle, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and 12 pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 55 cornerback out of 111 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 50 Available Free Agents list.