According to a tweet by agent Andy Simms, the Patriots and first-round pick Devin McCourty have agreed to terms on a five-year package with a maximum value of $13.2 million, according to a league source. The guarantees and bonuses total $7.825 million.
McCourty is the final of the Patriots 12 draft picks to sign, and will report to Gillette Stadium today along with the teams veterans for training camp. McCourty missed the reporting date for rookies Sunday, but will be on the field for the Patriots first official practice of training camp on Thursday July 29th. McCourty is only the second first-round draft pick to sign a contract, and his deal will likely be used to structure contracts for the remaining unsigned first-round picks.
McCourty, a cornerback from Rutgers, was selected 27th overall in the draft by New England, and will compete for a starting job against another Big East product, second-year cornerback from Connecticut Darius Butler, in training camp. McCourty also figures to be a factor in the return game for the Patriots this season. The 5-foot-10, 193-pounder averaged 25.4 yards on kickoff returns at Rutgers, and had a 98-yard kickoff return, third-longest in his school’s history.
“He’s fast. He’s tough. He is a good four-down football player, first, second, third and fourth,” said Patriots coach Bill Belichick shortly after New England selected McCourty. “In the kicking game, he’s certainly one of the top guys in the draft in that area.”