MIAMI – Devin McCourty liked to play for Joe Judge.
But how much? Enough to follow him freely to the giants and do it again?
"I'm always open to talking to others," McCourty told Radio Row's The Post at Super Bowl 2020. "That's how I see it."
McCourty seriously considered signing with the Giants as a free agent in 2015, but eventually signed a $ 47.5 million five-year deal with the Patriots that was extended until the previous season. He increased his career to three Super Bowl rings and two Pro Bowls, and earned a reputation for being one of the most elitist and enduring security safeguards in the NFL.
And yet, 32-year-old McCourty still played 110 or more snapshots in special teams – block, attack, and return – every year when Judge was in New England (2012-18). Judge believes McCourty is “one of the best all-round players in the NFL,” and there is mutual respect.
"I like Joe," said McCourty. "I think he's well prepared and passionate, so he has a chance to be a really good head coach."
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McCourty grew up in Nyack, New York and played with his twin brother Jason at St. Joseph-Montvale High School and at Rutgers in New Jersey. They were united in the Patriots Secondary in 2018 and won Jason's first Super Bowl ring.
A year ago, the Giants were a serious player in Jason's free agency, a source told The Post. He signed again with the Patriots and had another year and a $ 5.5 million cap hit in his contract so the twins could split up now that Devin could promise his last big multi-year payday.
"I'm excited," Devin said over a free hand. "I don't expect anything. I have spoken to my wife and we are wide open. We will see how it ends."
The Giants have been looking for the right free security for five years and have never brought Landon Collins together with a playmaker during his four seasons with the team. The front office is well staffed by fourth-year professional Jabrill Peppers, but veteran Antoine Bethea can be swapped out for a small cap penalty.
The judge denied any opportunity to comment on the list of giants.
"He was so good on special teams that he was annoyed at how much he would expect from you," quipped Devin. "I'm excited for him. I think he has the attitude of being in New York. He will challenge boys, he will swear. He is from Philly, so he has this background."
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