New England Patriots security Devin McCourty reported the updates on his signing Sunday night, saying he is foregoing free office to come back to the team this season.
The contract is two years and $23 million, a source told ESPN.
McCourty made the declaration on his “Double Coverage” podcast with his twin sibling, Jason, who had the alternative in his agreement got a week ago to come back to the Patriots in 2020.
Remaining in New England with his sibling was a priority for Devin, who turns 33 on Aug. 13.
“Breaking news! Breaking news!” Devin McCourty said on the podcast. “I will be staying here in New England. Sign me up.”
The Patriots released an announcement later on Sunday saying they’ve “extended the contract of safety Devin McCourty.”
McCourty was part of three Super Bowl championship teams with the Patriots.
The 2010 first-round draft choice out of Rutgers immediately raised as a top leader with the Patriots, as he was voted a captain by teammates in simply his second season – a role he kept on having for nine sequential years.
Commended by coach Bill Belichick for his intelligence and as a solidifying presence in the secondary, McCourty missed only five games more than 10 seasons in New England, a reflection of his durability and consistency while being tapped to fill different roles on defense and special teams.
McCourty, who played in four Pro Bowls, totaled 26 interceptions in the regular season, including two more in the postseason.
He has been credited with 772 career regular-season tackles, with 86 passes defended, 12 forced fumbles and three sacks. In the playoffs, he amassed 111 tackles and 10 passes defended.