They have spent both their high school and their college careers together on the same teams. In the pros, however, twin brothers Devin and Jason McCourty have played more than 900 miles and one division apart. Devin has been with the New England Patriots since 2010, while Jason has played for the Tennessee Titans from 2009 until 2016.
In April, the Titans opted to release the younger McCourty twin. With his brother’s team in the middle of overhauling its secondary, a reunion seemed like a realistic possibility. But while the Patriots did express some initial interest in Jason McCourty, they ultimately did not offer him a contract.
Instead, as first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the 29-year old will join the Cleveland Browns. According to fellow NFL Network reporter Courtney Fallon, McCourty will sign a 2-year, $6.0 million contract with the Browns – a deal New England would also have been able to hand out given its salary cap situation.
However, with Malcolm Butler signing his restricted free agency tender, the Patriots were no longer in need of additional depth at cornerback. After all, Butler returning gives the team one of the best secondaries in the NFL – leaving no room for Jason McCourty, as much fun as it would have been seeing him play alongside his brother.