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Titans sign McCourty to 5-year extension

The Tennessee Titans announced today cornerback Jason McCourty signed a contract extension that will keep him a Titan through 2017. McCourty had been slated to make $1.26 million in this, the final year of the deal he signed when the Titans selected him out of Rutgers in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL draft. Adam Schefter indicates the extension is for $43 million over 5 years, with $20 million guaranteed. An additional $3 million is available in escalators.

In a year, McCourty has gone from a player struggling to reclaim a starting job he lost when he got injured to the mainstay of the Titans’ cornerback unit and owner of a lucrative extension. Keep in mind that McCourty’s contract terms are in addition to this season. It’s thus more like $44.3 million over 6 years. That’s still a little bit more than the $6.5 million or so APY I was expecting, but not too much above it, plus we don’t know how much of the money is “real.”

Slight monetary quibbles aside, it’s a good sign the Titans used some of that cap room to lock McCourty up, as he was certainly their most important player scheduled to be a free agent next year. Next up on the extension list may be Jared Cook, as Jim Wyatt reported his agent and the Titans were talking. Given the money in Craig Stevens and the drafting of Taylor Thompson, though, it wouldn’t surprise me to see no deal happen there.

FYI, I’ll be using my game preview post for my comments on tonight’s game.