Before Super Bowl LIII, New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty wouldn’t shoot down the idea of retiring if the Patriots won.
No matter how serious he was about walking away, it sent a jolt through the Patriots. It turns out, there’s nothing to worry about. McCourty told the Sports Spectrum Podcast he’ll be back for the 2019 season.
As the Patriots think about winning yet another Super Bowl, that’s a big piece.
Devin McCourty’s return big for Patriots
As it turned out, a little break after the season was all McCourty needed to refocus on coming back for a 10th season.
“I think once you get a chance to step away for a couple weeks now, you’re like, ‘Yeah, man, I still do want to be around these other young guys that come in,’” McCourty told the Sports Spectrum Podcast, via NBC Boston.
While Rob Gronkowski’s future is the biggest question for the Patriots this offseason, McCourty’s future wasn’t far behind. McCourty is a versatile, smart safety who allows the Patriots to give multiple looks on defense because he is a playmaker on the back end.
Patriots will be contenders again
New England will be considered a favorite to win another Super Bowl, though they have some things to address this offseason.
Defensive end Trey Flowers will be one of the biggest free agents on the market. Gronkowski’s return would help. They’ll have to keep developing young talent to go with their key veterans.
But the return of McCourty is a good sign. The 2010 first-round pick has made a couple of Pro Bowls, and that probably doesn’t do justice to his value to the Patriots. With his return, New England has one fewer thing to worry about this offseason.
See the McCourty twins throughout their careers:
Devin and Jason McCourty together through the years
Devin and Jason McCourty together through the years
NEW YORK - APRIL 21: Titans' Jason McCourty and Rutgers' Devin McCourty attends ESPN the Magazine's 7th Annual Pre-Draft Party at Espace on April 21, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Getty Images for ESPN)
NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 9: New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty (#32) and his brother, Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty (#30,) get together on the field after the the New England Patriots season opener against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field in Nashville. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 02: NFL players Devin McCourty and Jason McCourty attend The Maxim Party With 'Gears of War: Judgment' For XBOX 360, FOX Sports & Starter Presented by Patron Tequila at Second Line Warehouse on February 1, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for Maxim)
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2013, file photo, NFL football players Jason McCourty, left, and Devin McCourty pose at the VIP Reception hosted by the NFLPA in New Orleans. New Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty has trouble settling on one thing that excites him most about finally playing alongside twin brother Devin next season. He's looking forward to everything — from sitting in team meetings to sweating through offseason workouts. That's because Jason wants to soak up every moment of a dream they've shared since he was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2009 and Devin went to the Patriots in 2010. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision for NFLPA/AP Images, via AP, File)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 04: Twins Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots (L) and Jason McCourty of the Tennessee Titans visit the SiriusXM set at Super Bowl 50 Radio Row at the Moscone Center on February 4, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: With the help of Devin McCourty and Jason McCourty, Gillette shares the top grooming trends of 2018 with a declaration that 'one size' does not fit every man when it comes to razors during a Gillette event on March 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Gillette)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JUNE 6: New England Patriots players Jason McCourty, left, and his twin brother Devin McCourty head to the field during Patriots minicamp at the Gillette Stadium practice facility in Foxborough, MA on June 6, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 25: New England Patriots Cornerback Jason McCourty (30) and New England Patriots Safety Devin McCourty (32) leap in the air reacting to breaking up a New York Jets pass play during the second half of the New England Patriots versus the New York Jets on November 25, 2018, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - SEPTEMBER 30: New England Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty (30) and New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty (32) during a game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins on September 30, 2018, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Dolphins 38-7. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Jason McCourty #30 of the New England Patriots and Devin McCourty #32 react during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
New England Patriots' Jason McCourty and Devin McCourty answer questions during Opening Night for the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 3: The McCourty twins, Jason (left) and Devin (right) arrive in the stadium after getting off of the team bus. The New England Patriots met the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Feb. 03, 2019. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Stephon Gilmore #24 of the New England Patriots is congratulated by his teammates Jason McCourty #30 and Devin McCourty #32 after his fourth quarter interception against the Los Angeles Rams during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - FEBRUARY 05: Jason McCourty #30 of the New England Patriots and Devin McCourty #32 celebrate on Cambridge street during the New England Patriots Victory Parade on February 05, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - FEBRUARY 05: Jason McCourty #30 and Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots react during the Super Bowl Victory Parade on February 05, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)