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Tennessee Titans Sign CB Jason McCourty to $43 Million Extension: Local Fan’s Take

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The Tennessee Titans officially re-signed cornerback Jason McCourty to a five-year contract extension on August 23, 2012. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that it's a $43-million extension with $20 million in guaranteed money and bonuses. McCourty is signed through the 2017-18 NFL season. He would've been a free agent after 2012.

Quick Scoop

The Titans drafted McCourty in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. McCourty has appeared in 42 games, 24 of which were starts. McCourty has evolved into one of the leaders and top cornerbacks for an up-and-coming defense that's coached by second-year defensive coordinator Jerry Gray.

McCourty is one of the NFL's best tackling cornerbacks. However, McCourty was the third-most targeted cornerback in 2011. He surrendered 71 receptions on 117 pass attempts. Former Detroit Lions cornerback Eric Wright was the only cornerback who surrendered more receptions (75). Despite the large amount of receptions, McCourty allowed just one touchdown.

Some of McCourty's struggles were because of the defensive line's inability to create a pass rush. Unlike the Green Bay Packers, the Titans' defensive backs don't live-and-die by the big play. The Titans' defense had 28 sacks in 2011. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the only team with fewer sacks.

Brandon Carr and Cortland Finnegan

Let's compare this deal to a couple other contracts that were signed this past offseason. Former Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan signed a five-year, $50-million contract with the St. Louis Rams. The Dallas Cowboys signed Brandon Carr to a five-year, $50.1-million contract with $26.5-million guaranteed.

Statistics Since 2009

Cortland Finnegan (Age 28): 31 pass deflections, eight interceptions, one forced fumble, two sacks

Brandon Carr (Age 26): 59 pass deflections, six interceptions, one forced fumble, zero sacks

Jason McCourty (Age 25): 23 pass deflections, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, one sack

Fan's Take

I'm happy about the extension. As of August 10, the Titans reportedly had more than $19 million in unused cap space. McCourty is a solid cornerback who is still improving. They had to spend the money somewhere. McCourty was the most-obvious choice.

Outside of Middle Tennessee, this extension will probably be questioned by media experts. I'll admit that it's a bit pricey. However, McCourty doesn't get the recognition he deserves because he's a mild-mannered individual who plays in one of the NFL's least-prestigious markets. I'm also glad that management committed to McCourty over Finnegan. While I like Finnegan, I prefer McCourty because he's younger and has fewer behavioral issues.

What's Next?

The Titans have expiring contracts with Rob Bironas and Jared Cook. Bironas has claimed that he won't negotiate during the regular season. Expect both players to be re-signed sometime before free agency in 2013.

Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 as he completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. He can be found on Twitter HERE.

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