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McCourty's rookie deal expires after next season, and he earned a playing-time escalator this offseason that came in the form of a $3 million raise in 2014. It also increased his cap hit to $5.115 million, which the Pats can decrease by about $2 million with a creative extension.
McCourty, who was serving pancakes, signing autographs and posing for pictures at Children's Hospital Boston, said the contract isn't on his mind.
"I don’t even think about it," McCourty said. "Just go out and play football, and I truly believe the rest will just take care of itself. I just do my job and go out there playing football."
As the Herald points out, the Patriots could ease McCourty's cap hit by creatively restructuring his contract and use the money to bring in other free agents.
According to the Boston Globe, McCourty had 75 tackles, 8 pass break ups, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles and one recovery. Decent enough, but worth an extension? Yes, if he agrees to re-work his contract to free up room under the salary cap. He was also one of the constants in the Patriots defense that was plagued with injuries last season.
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