When Devin McCourty was picked in the first round by the Patriots with the 27th overall pick, many were taken by surprise. However, due to the uncertainty surrounding the CBA, it comes as no surprise that only two weeks from the opening of training camp that exactly zero first round picks have been signed. The fact that Jets OG Vlad Ducasse is the only 2nd-round pick to have signed shows that teams still have plenty of work to do.
Pro Football Talk stated that “A league source with knowledge of the pace of the negotiations tell us that the talks are going “very very slowly.” In many cases, the discussions primarily focus on possible meeting dates.” That doesn’t exactly bode well for getting our new cornerback to training camp on time.
When McCourty does sign, he is looking at a pretty decent payday. The 27th pick in 2009, Colts RB Donald Brown, signed a five-year deal worth up to $11.2 million. Brown received $6.8 million in guarantees, which is about 8% more than Chargers CB Antoine Cason received in 2008. If that trend holds up, McCourty should receive a 5-year deal worth $12-13 million with about $7.3 million in guarantees.
Nate Haber and Andy Simms, McCourty’s agents, should be able to get something worked out with the Patriots front-office by August 1. That would leave plenty of time for McCourty to get up to speed before the Patriots first pre-season game on August 12th against the New Orleans Saints.