The Tennessee Titans are releasing cornerback Jason McCourty.
Normally, such news would be met with a “who gives a…” around here, but Jason McCourty plays cornerback and he plays it fairly well.
The #Titans are releasing veteran CB Jason McCourty, source said. The longest tenured player on the team is moving on.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 13, 2017
The Green Bay Packers STILL need to upgrade their cornerback position. The signing of Davon House was swell, but that’s kind of like putting a band-aid on a bullet hole.
The Titans released McCourty because they were trying to renegotiate his contract. He balked and they decided to move on. The move saved the Titans $7 million.
It also cost them a pretty good player.
McCourty has never been a big interception guy. His high was four in 2012, but there’s plenty to like.
For one, the guy can tackle. He’s recorded more than 80 tackles three times in his career, with a high of 103 in 2011. While that probably says something about the the Titans’ defense, at least the guy was making those tackles.
Sam Shields, Damarious Randall… need I say more?
Second, McCourty will be 30 in August, so he’s probably got some decent years left.
Third, as we always point out in these situations, McCourty was released, which means he won’t count against the compensatory draft pick formula of the team who signs him. This is exactly the type of free agent Ted Thompson — when he actually signs free agents — usually signs.
McCourty was given a 74.1 grade by Pro Football Focus last season. That’s higher than any corner currently on the Packers’ roster. From 2010 to 2013, he was graded at 80.9 or higher (he only played four games in 2015 because of injury).
We talked about the potential solutions for the Packers at cornerback. Those initially involved signing a top-shelf free agent. Soon, the Packers were left with only trades as an option.
Now they suddenly have another one. Will they actually pursue it?