Jason McCourty’s contract just got a tad more complicated.
The New England cornerback was set to earn a base salary of $2.375 million entering the 2018 season, McCourty’s first with the Patriots. That number has been trimmed to $1.6 million, making room for more than $1 million in incentives, ESPN reported Tuesday.
McCourty has a chance to collect $1 million in playing-time bonuses, earning $200,000 if he plays 40 percent of defensive snaps, another $200,000 for 50 percent, and so on up to 80 percent. Additionally, McCourty can nab an extra $400,000 if he hits certain per-game benchmarks over the course of the season.
Sunday’s early returns weren’t promising, as the 31-year old played just six snaps (8 percent) in New England’s 27-20 win over Houston. McCourty and his brother, safety Devin McCourty, did become the first set of twins to play together on the same NFL team since Gene and Tom Golsen in 1926.
McCourty spent the first eight seasons of his NFL career in Tennessee before playing for Cleveland in 2017. He was traded to New England in March.