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Patriots bringing back Devin McCourty on a one-year, $9 million deal

Devin McCourty was a first-round pick of the Patriots in 2010.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

With help from two of his children, Patriots safety Devin McCourty announced Sunday evening he will return to New England for another season.

In a video posted to social media, McCourty’s 3-year-old son Brayden asked his 5-year-old sister Londyn, “Where are we going next year?” A smiling Londyn replied, while jumping up and down, “Foxborough!”

McCourty captioned the short clip, “Year 13 … here we go!!!!!”

McCourty was initially set to become an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year Wednesday, but the Patriots locked up their longtime team captain on a one-year, $9 million contract, according to a league source.


By getting the deal done now, the Patriots are able to reduce McCourty’s salary-cap hit. Had they waited until after 4 p.m. Wednesday, McCourty’s cap number would include $6.45 million in dead money. His exact cap number for the upcoming season is unknown but will be lower than $9 million, depending on how the team structured the contract.

McCourty, who turns 35 in August, has been an essential part of New England’s secondary over the years. He played in all 17 games last season, marking the sixth straight season he hasn’t missed a regular-season game.

The Patriots seem to be in good shape at safety. Adrian Phillips already signed a three-year extension, while Kyle Dugger has two seasons remaining on his rookie contract.

McCourty, who was a first-round pick of New England in 2010, is a two-time Pro Bowler who has been a part of three title teams with the Patriots. The safety had three interceptions and 60 tackles last season for New England.

Nicole Yang can be reached at nicole.yang@globe.com.Follow her @nicolecyang.