New York Jets: Potential Free Agent S Devin McCourty

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Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New England Patriots free safety

Devin McCourty

(32) celebrates after the game against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Well, the franchise tag period has come and gone. The Jets were quiet, which was no real surprise. Who were they going to tag? Michael Vick? David Harris? Maybe Harris, but not something I would have expected at his age. The Jets really didn’t have anyone worthy of the Franchise Tag this year, so they didn’t use it.

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However, there were other surprises, one of which coming from our good friends in New England. In case you missed it, the Patriots gave the tag to kicker Stephen Gostkowski. Most expected it to go to Devin McCourty, which it did not. Barring a late deal before March 10th, McCourty will enter the free agent market.

If that happens, the Jets should be all over this guy. Remember the recruitment of Bart Scott, that began at midnight of the free agency period prior to the 2009 season? Repeat that here in 2015 for Devin McCourty.

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Jan 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty is interviewed during media day for Super Bowl XLIX at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Take a look at McCourty’s career to date:

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McCourty is only 27 years old, with great years left ahead of him.  He can cover the pass, and get the football, evidenced by a season of seven interceptions and another season of five.  Granted those were primarily at cornerback, but that doesn’t change the fact that McCourty can flat-out cover.  As a guy coming over to help more often, you don’t get as many opportunities as you being the guy going one on one.  McCourty still has eight interceptions since converting.  He can also tackle, averaging nearly 80 per year.

Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) reacts after defeating the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

For a young player, Devin McCourty also has a lot of big game experience. Take a look:

Playoffs

There is nothing wrong with bringing in a guy that has seen big games.  Devin McCourty has played in 11 of them, and played effectively.  Just another reason to bring him in here.

Next: PFF Grades

Nov 23, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty (32) shakes hands with members of the armed forces following a win over the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

When we look at the Pro Football Focus grades, and McCourty jumps off of the charts once again.

McCourty’s overall grade was an 11.6, good for eighth overall. His pass coverage a 5.9, and his support against the run shows with a 5.0 grade. Devin McCourty is an all-around talented football player.

McCourty tackles well in the passing game as well, as his average yards per coverage snap is 0.30.

The Jets are going to have to pay to get this guy.  McCourty is going to be one of the prized, big-ticket players in this year’s free agency class.  The Jets have the money, and they need a safety.

On March 10th, if Devin McCourty is available, the Jets need to go get this guy.

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