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Trade for a twin: Patriots acquire Jason McCourty from Browns to pair with twin Devin in secondary

March 16, 2018

It’ll be a family affair in the New England Patriots secondary next season.

Veteran CB Jason McCourty and a seventh-rounder are being shipped from the Cleveland Browns to Foxboro in exchange for the Patriots’ sixth-rounder. The deal means Jason will join identical twin, former Pro Bowl S Devin McCourty, in a Patriots secondary that officially parted ways with Malcolm Butler this week.

Jason McCourty, who turns 31 shortly before his 10th season begins, played in the same Rutgers secondary as Devin. He’s a downgrade from Butler, but Jason could benefit from playing opposite CB1 Stephon Gilmore. Or the cornerback with 16 career interceptions will at least have the opportunity to make a lot of plays on the opposite side of the field of Gilmore. He brings more length to the Patriots’ CB corps than Butler provided, too.

The McCourty brothers told a story to NFL Network during Super Bowl LII week about a prank they pulled on Bill Belichick, who mistook Devin McCourty for Jason at family day of Super Bowl XLVI. Belichick asked Jason why he wasn’t dressed for practice, a prank the McCourtys relished and said Belichick was the recipient of the best twin trick they’ve pulled on anyone.

Belichick, of course, loves his Rutgers players and likely is pleased to get another experienced starter to help fill the void left by Butler.

It’s unclear how the Browns, who reportedly planned to release Jason prior to striking the deal with New England, will replace the veteran in their secondary alongside Jamar Taylor and Briean Boddy-Calhoun, though it seems very likely that part of their growing draft warchest will be allocated at corner, particularly with Jabrill Peppers and newcomer Damarious Randall now locked in at safety.

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