It may be just two weeks into NFL free agency, but experts at ESPN already are sharing their thoughts on how teams have fared during the 2019 offseason. As for which team has made the best bargain deal so far, NFL Insider Field Yates gives the New England Patriots the distinction of “best bargain signing” with their reunion with cornerback Jason McCourty.
McCourty inked a two-year, $10 million deal with the Super Bowl LIII champs shortly after free agency officially opened March 13. The 31-year-old, whose twin brother Devin has spent the last nine years in New England, played for the Patriots in 2018 and was a pivotal part of the defense’s success in 2018.
Yates called Jason McCourty “one of the team’s steadiest players” last season. But that’s just part of the reason why the ESPN writer believes Jason McCourty’s deal was one of the biggest bargains in free agency so far.
“Retaining him for two years and $10 million is a terrific value for the champs, as McCourty not only brings quality play on the field but also is an excellent teammate and valuable member of the locker room,” Yates wrote.
The deal also allows the Patriots to retain the majority of their cornerback group for 2019. This will be the second straight year the McCourty brothers will suit up for New England together.
Tevin Coleman, Jason Verrett, Eric Weddle, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix also made the list of best bargain deals.