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Jason McCourty has had his eye on New England for a while

Jason McCourty has played eight seasons with Tennessee and one with Cleveland.ron schwane/AP

If Devin wants to think he’s the more physical of the McCourty twins, that’s just fine with Jason.

But big brother made one thing clear Tuesday: He’s the speed demon.

“For some reason, he thinks he’s more physical than me, so I’ll let him have that one,’’ Jason said, with equal parts concession and sarcasm in his voice. “I’m definitely faster.’’

This fall, the 30-year-old twins will be reunited on the football field for the first time since their college days. It’s a scenario they’ve been dreaming about since their days playing Pop Warner for the Valley Cottage (N.Y.) Indians. The two continued playing side by side through high school at Saint Joseph’s in Montvale, N.J., and on through their years at Rutgers.


They always hoped a reunion would be in the cards after Jason, a cornerback, joined the Titans in 2009 and Devin landed in New England a year later. It became reality when the Patriots acquired Jason from the Browns last week in exchange for a draft pick.

“I’m excited just for the opportunity to now share the field with Dev and to be able to do something that we grew up loving,’’ said Jason, who not only looks like Devin but also sounds exactly like his brother, who is 27 minutes younger.

“At this point, I’m just excited about being able to go through offseason workouts with him along my side and to be able to catch up and see how much we’ve grown since the last time we played together.’’

McCourty said New England was his desired destination when he got word he was going to be released last week. An hour after he got the news, his plan had changed, but his destination hadn’t.

Jason said he heard from Devin, who had been lobbying Brian Flores and Bill Belichick to get his brother to town, informing him of the trade before he got official word.


“I got a FaceTime from Dev while I was working out and he was like, ‘Yo, don’t worry about it. We’re going to trade for you. You’re coming to New England,’ ’’ said Jason “I thought he was joking around.

“Probably about five minutes later I get a call from [Browns general manager] John Dorsey and he’s like, ‘I got some news for you. We’re not going to release you, so we’re going to trade you to New England.’ It was, I guess, a roller-coaster type of day.’’

The older McCourty started thinking about coming to New England after being released by the Titans after the 2016 season.

The interest was there, but New England was stacked at the position, with Malcolm Butler, Stephon Gilmore, and Eric Rowe as the starters and second-year players Jonathan Jones and Cyrus Jones rounding out the depth chart.

Now, with Butler off to Tennessee, a spot opened, and McCourty is happy to be part of an organization he’s kept an eye on for quite some time. He doesn’t think it will take him very long to get acclimated to New England and the Patriots’ scheme.

“I’ve had a good amount of defensive coordinators, and I think when you have to do that, you’re forced to have to adjust,” he said. “You get used to different terminology, different systems, so you start to combine them all and make sense of things.


“Over the years of following my brother and the team, I walk into this locker room already having a really good idea of a bunch of the guys on the roster, so that, I think, will help for an easier transition.

“Over the years of going down to the Super Bowls when Dev goes or coming to visit him at different points of the season, I’ve really gotten a chance to meet a lot of the guys.’’

Jim McBride can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @globejimmcbride.