Jason McCourty will remain in the AFC East in 2021.
The veteran cornerback has agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins after spending the past three seasons with the New England Patriots, sources told NFL Media’s Mike Garofolo and Ian Rapoport on Thursday evening.
It is a reported one-year deal for McCourty, who had been an unrestricted free agent since the new league year opened on March 17. And it will see him reunite with former Patriots assistant coaches on the defensive side of the ball in Miami’s Brian Flores and Josh Boyer.
The 33-year-old Rutgers product served as a team captain in his final campaign alongside twin brother Devin McCourty in the Patriots’ secondary. His tenure spanned 47 games, including playoffs, to go with 36 starts.
Along the way arrived 162 tackles, 23 passes defensed, two interceptions and a Super Bowl LIII ring in a versatile role that included snaps at safety.
New England originally acquired McCourty from the Cleveland Browns in an exchange of No. 205 and No. 219 overall leading up to the 2018 NFL draft. He later re-signed on a two-year, $10 million contract and had his team option exercised last spring.
The current cornerback depth chart stands with Stephon Gilmore, J.C. Jackson, Jalen Mills, Jonathan Jones, Joejuan Williams, Myles Bryant, Justin Bethel, D’Angelo Ross, Dee Virgin and Mike Jackson Sr. as voluntary organized team activities near.
Gilmore is due a base salary of $7 million in a contract year with the Patriots, while Jackson was tendered at the second-round level as a restricted free agent.