Devin McCourty won't fret over franchise tag

There is a reason that S Devin McCourty was named the New England Patriots' Man of the Year. His charitable endeavors don't have an offseason. In conjunction with his brother Jason, CB for the Tennessee Titans, they are heavily involved in raising awareness and money in fighting Sickle Cell Anemia.

There is no reason to get worked up over a new contract. Patriots' management should have no problem rewarding a franchise gem such as Devin McCourty. S Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks has an average yearly salary of $10 million. Jairus Byrd of New Orleans is at $9 million. Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs is at $8.3 million, Dashon Golston of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is at $8.25 million and Eric Weddle of the San Diego Chargers is at $8 million.

Devin McCourty earned $2.3 in 2014 as the 32nd highest paid safety. His leadership and exceptional play as the quarterback of the Patriots' defense should put him in the Top 5 for pay. That seems fair.

"Good things come to those who wait."

Paul Murphy is a freelance writer from New Hampshire.

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