The Tennessee Titans have released cornerback Jason McCourty, who had been their longest-tenured player, on Thursday. The news was first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Jason McCourty, who shares a Twitter account with his twin brother Devin (of the New England Patriots), posted his goodbye after the news broke:
— Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) April 13, 2017
The McCourtys last played together at Rutgers but never together in the NFL. Could a reunion be in the offing? They’ve openly spoken about their desire to line up next to each other at some point again and the Patriots seem to be kicking around the idea of bringing in at least one more cornerback (especially with Malcolm Butler’s future up in the air). You can’t rule it out, although several teams could be interested in the 29-year-old press corner’s services.
Selfishly, we’re kind of hoping he lands in New England. Not because we root for them or want them to get even better. But more because of the potential to mess with coach Bill Belichick’s head even more. Belichick once confused Jason McCourty for Devin — on Super Bowl Sunday, no less.
Before Patriots defensive back Devin played against the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, the team organized a family day on the field. Jason, a cornerback with the Titans, took the field in street clothes and approached Belichick.
“So (Belichick) just walked up to (Jason) and was like, ‘Why aren’t you dressed with your jersey and stuff on?'” Devin recounted. “And then (Belichick) looked and said, ‘Aw shoot, you’re not Devin.'”
A gleeful Devin pronounced it the best trick the twins ever pulled off.
Yes, Jason McCourty isn’t going to just sign on with the Patriots for this reason alone, or for the fact that his identical twin is in Foxboro now. Heck, the Patriots might not even be interested in signing the now free agent. But what fun it could be.
Oh, and Jason McCourty still can play a little football, too. The Titans likely released him as much as anything for salary-cap reasons. The Titans signed him to a six-year, $43 million deal in 2012 and he was due to count for $7 million in salary in what would have been the final year of that contract. But there also is a health concern, too, as McCourty played the first 14 games of last season before missing the final two games with a shoulder injury and also had two surgeries to repair his injured groin in 2015.
The Titans have been meeting with some of the draft’s best cornerbacks. They currently own the Nos. 5 and 18 overall selections and could use one of those to take McCourty’s possible replacement.
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