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Jason McCourty: Patriots had ‘mutual interest,’ but no room in secondary

05.18.17 at 10:54 am ET
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Jason McCourty signed with the Browns this week. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)

Jason McCourty signed with the Browns this week. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)

There was a chance the McCourty brothers could join forces in the Patriots secondary with Devin’s brother Jason being a free agent, but it won’t happen.

Jason signed a two-year deal with the Browns this week, but appearing on Good Morning Football on Thursday, he said there was mutual interest between he and the Patriots. The only issue was it wasn’t a fit given the players the Patriots already have.

“I think there was definitely mutual interest,” McCourty said. “Me and Devin have never hid the fact that us playing together would be a dream come true. My mom kind of has hinted at that since we both got into the league. She knows it would be a lot easier only having to travel to one city during the season.

“I think there was definitely mutual interest, but to be honest, the Patriots are kind of set at cornerback. They have a lot of talent in that room. There really wasn’t room for me. Me and Dev talked about that and that’s just the way of the league. I’m excited about the opportunity I have in Cleveland to work with those guys.”

This could have been more likely if Malcolm Butler was not on the roster because as it stands now, at cornerback the Patriots have Stephon Gilmore, Butler, Cyrus Jones, Eric Rowe, Jonathan Jones and Justin Coleman.

Jason would be battling for the third cornerback spot, where in Cleveland he likely will be a starter.

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