Patriots acquire Jason McCourty from Browns

Ruben Hill
March 16, 2018

"Me and Devin have never hid the fact that us playing together would be a dream come true", McCourty said, via NFL Network.

The Cleveland Browns traded cornerback Jason McCourty to the New England Patriots on Thursday, reuniting him with his brother, Devin.

Jason was originally selected by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round (203rd pick overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.

The Patriots and Browns' trade partnership remains strong. McCourty, who is under contract for the 2018 season, will carry a $3 million cap hit. He had three interceptions including one pick-six, nine passes defensed, two forced fumbles and 24 total tackles through the first six games of the season - but his productivity declined as the weeks wore on, mirroring the trajectory of Cleveland's disastrous 0-16 season. Pro Football Focus gave him an 83.9 grade, which was above average.

The Patriots have replaced cornerback Malcolm Butler with a familiar name. That's likely to change in 2018. The Browns also sent a seventh-round pick to the Patriots to get a sixth-rounder in return.

The Patriots now have the distinction of employing two sets of twins, as tight end Jake Hollister spent last season on the roster while receiver Cody Hollister was on the practice squad.

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