At his best, McCourty can be a legitimate No. 2 cornerback who can significantly help the secondary.
McCourty played for the Tennessee Titans the past eight seasons, but became a free agent after he was released on April 18. "To make room on the roster, the team waived DB Donte Carey, who was just signed earlier this week after being invited as an undrafted rookie to the team's rookie minicamp". "For me, that made it an easy decision". I know what his defenses consist of.
A sixth-round pick out of Rutgers in 2009, McCourty has racked up 505 tackles, 73 passes defensed and 13 interceptions in eight National Football League seasons. In talking with Sashi (Brown) and coach Hue Jackson, it was obvious.
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"He has talked to me about that some", McCourty told Cabot.
"I wanted to go somewhere where I felt I could come in and be a piece of the puzzle, whether it's helping with veteran leadership or contributing in any way I can on the field", he said.
McCourty is coming off a season in which he posted 69 tackles and a pair of interceptions with the Titans, one year after missing significant time due to a groin injury. He started 14 games previous year, picked off two passes, broke up 18 and led the Titans defensive backs with 64 tackles. He tied for second on the team with two interceptions, while adding one fumble recovery and two special-teams tackles.
The Browns also announced they have signed seventh-round draft choice Zane Gonzalez. At Arizona State, Gonzalez last season won the Lou Groza Award, given yearly to the nation's top kicker. Gonzalez, a kicker from Arizona State, was picked 224th overall.