“Devin, from the moment he was drafted, told the Patriots organization that it was his intention not to miss a single practice,” said the agent, Andy Simms, who brokered the deal. “That was the goal all along, that was paramount to him. …
“We’ve been working on it for a few weeks, and it was a goal for both them and us to put it together in time. We would’ve loved to have had it done before the rookie reporting date (Sunday). But our firm deadline was today, because Devin didn’t want to miss a practice. And, of course, we needed cooperation from them to get a fair deal done.”
The CBA issue, of course, played in to all this. And the Patriots and the PlayersRep folks, of which Simms is a part, could’ve waited for some other deals to come in and provide context. That they didn’t have to shows a proactive approach on both sides.
“The Patriots are successful because they understand the system,” Simms continued. “We worked together, understanding the issues with the labor situation and everything, and we were able to come up with something within the system and hash out a deal.”
Simms added that McCourty was a little anxious as the first practice grew closer, but kept a cool head with an understanding of the complications that are unique to this year. And now? “Devin’s real excited,” the agent said, “and we’re real happy for him. He had a goal and I think it’s been accomplished — To get in on time with a fair contract.”