RUMOR: Devin McCourty was given a contract offer from Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins have had a busy offseason. The team has signed big-name free agents such as cornerback Byron Jones, linebackers Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts and Kamu Grugier-Hill while also adding defensive ends Emmanuel Ogbah and Shaq Lawson to bolster the defensive line.
However, while Miami has undoubtedly made a lot of big moves and will surely be in a better position than they were the in previous campaign, the Dolphins failed to sign one of their biggest free-agent targets this offseason.
Per Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Miami had serious interests in Patriots safety Devin McCourty and reportedly offered him a contract.
McCourty would end up signing a two-year, $23 million deal with New England, where has been a mainstay on the defense for nearly a decade. Last season, the 32-year-old recorded 58 tackles, seven passes defended and five interceptions while helping lead the Patriots to a No. 2 ranked pass defense in the NFL.
With Dolphins head coach Brian Flores spending 14 years as a scout and assistant coach for the Patriots, Miami’s interest in McCourty makes sense. Also worth noting, Miami struggled mightily to defend the pass in 2019, surrendering 262.4 passing yards per game which was 26th in the league.
The Dolphins are likely still looking for additional help at the safety position. However, with McCourty, no longer available, they will have to look somewhere else. On the bright side, Miami does have three picks in the first round and five in the first two rounds in the upcoming NFL Draft.