We now know that at least one New England Patriot considering retirement will return for the 2019 NFL season.
Safety Devin McCourty announced that he intends to continue playing, putting an end to questions over whether or not he would retire following the Patriots' record-tying sixth Super Bowl win.
Devin McCourty says he'll return in 2019 -- and that the Patriots are determined to win Super Bowl No. 7 https://t.co/JOuTuQxjFd— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 22, 2019
McCourty has been an integral part of New England's defensive scheme for quite a while now. In nine seasons with the Patriots, he's pulled down 21 interceptions. He finished 2018 in Pro Football Focus' top 101 players, coming in at No. 93 with an overall grade of 80.5.
A two-time Pro Bowl safety, McCourty is one of the team's elder statesman. His presence in the secondary is critical for the team to create a cohesive unit when defending against the passing game.
New England's 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII marked his third time winning a ring.
The Patriots won't have much money to work with in free agency this year, so knowing that McCourty will be returning for another season means that they'll have one less position of need to worry about.