Like Earl Thomas, McCourty Should See Money Soon

May 03, 2014 6:05 PM EST

New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty is no Earl Thomas, but some would say that he is pretty close. While their on-the-field production has its differences, their contract extensions should be similar once McCourty and the Pats come to an agreement. He will not get paid the way that the Seahawks safety did, but it should not be too far off. Thomas is arguably the best safety in the league and his pay demonstrates that. McCourty, arguably, is a top-five safety, but regardless, Thomas’ new contract raises the price for McCourty as his contract nears its end.

There was a five-year period that resulted in a lot of turnover in the Patriots’ secondary. With players, such as Terrence Wheatley, Darius Butler, Ras-I Dowling and Pat Chung, coming and going, McCourty seemed to be the only constant. He plays as if he has been in Belichick’s system his whole life, continually providing help on the deep ball. With his abilities and what he means to the defense make him invaluable.

This offseason, the Pats have already brought in a great deal of secondary help for a hefty price. Cornerbacks Darrelle Revis (one year, $12 million) and Brandon Browner (three year, $16.8 million) will help provide McCourty with the tools he needs to make his job easier. While it helps to bring in talent from the outside, it would be backwards if they did not take care of their own. The Patriots have historically paid for those that work hard and exemplify "the Patriot way.” Over the years, they invested a large sum of money into quarterback Tom Brady, linebacker Jerod Mayo and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. Like those three, McCourty is a highly talented player that has shown exceptional leadership abilities. He stays out of trouble and lets his play on the field do the talking for him. All of these signs point to McCourty being rewarded. 

After the 2014 NFL Draft, New England’s priorities will be to hammer out rookie deals. It may be a good time to get McCourty’s contract fixed up as well. It would be in the best interest for both parties to see him stay in Foxboro. It would make sense for the extension to be taken care of before training camp begins.  While this is not a huge story as of now, if nothing is finalized before camp, this could become a big headline and a distraction in New England.