Until the Patriots approach Devin McCourty about a contract extension, there’s no sense in the safety losing sleep over the matter. McCourty has a year remaining on his rookie deal, which puts the two-time All-Pro in range for an extension. After earning a $3 million salary escalator this offseason, McCourty’s 2014 cap number skyrocketed to $5.115 million. The Pats could reduce that cap hit by about $2 million by shuffling around some money through a new deal. “I don’t even think about it,” McCourty said. “Just go out and play football, and I truly believe the rest will just take care of itself. I just do my job and go out there playing football.” However, does McCourty hope for a new deal this offseason? “Just to play, that’s all I focus on,” he replied. “Nothing else I can control. I like to not drive myself crazy, and by doing that, it’s focusing on what you can control.” The Patriots have their leverage in the franchise tag. In 2013, tagged safeties received $6.9 million, which was only higher than tight ends and kickers, so it’s an affordable amount for teams. If the Pats believe they have enough breathing room with the cap in 2014 without extending McCourty, they can wait before getting serious about a new deal because they can fall back on the tag. McCourty, who was serving pancakes yesterday to patients at Boston Children’s Hospital, was named a second-team All-Pro in 2013, making him one of the rare players who earned the nod at both cornerback and safety. So he has his own resume to boast. “It’s definitely a true honor,” McCourty said. “It’s hard work paying off. It’s always good to be recognized. I think now the biggest thing is to keep improving these team goals and these team achievements.
Devin McCourty puts off new deal
Boston Herald | Feb 26