Houston Texans: 10 under-the-radar NFL free agent targets
9. Jason McCourty, CB, New England Patriots
Some might know Jason McCourty as the guy that broke up the Brandin Cooks‘ touchdown catch in Super Bowl LIII, while others might know him as Devin McCourty‘s twin. You should know him as an outstanding cornerback that had one of his best years in the NFL as a man coverage corner despite being 32-years-old.
His 2018 Pro Football Focus grade stood at an 82.3, which is good for sixth amongst eligible cornerbacks. In terms of boxscore statistics, McCourty put up 70 total tackles, 10 pass deflections, a forced fumble and an interception.
After a fantastic 2018 season, McCourty should be looking into cashing in for what seems to be one of his last contracts in the NFL, and he should be paid handsomely despite his age.
Although McCourty would be a stopgap cornerback for the Texans, the staff should give him a hard look. Not only does he look to have a few years still left in the tank, but he would also bring veteran leadership and a competitive edge to an already stable Texans locker room, which is always needed. Also he is a Super Bowl champion, and he could bring that mentality to the locker room as well.
Don’t be surprised to see the Texans make a move for him for a contract close to the $5 million per year range for one to two years, which is very reasonable for a player of his talents.