MIAMI — Devin and Jason McCourty both know one thing for sure: They want to play football in 2020.
Whether that’s for the Patriots remains to be seen.
Safety Devin McCourty, who has spent his entire 10-year career in Foxborough, is an unrestricted free agent March 18. He said he plans to test his options in free agency, much as he did in 2015 before eventually signing a five-year deal with the Patriots.
“We’ll see how it goes,” said Devin. “I’ve been in the league for 10 years now. You see how it’s a business. Is it a cool headline if I say I want to be back? Yeah, like everybody writes that.
“But that doesn’t really matter. We’re just entering February. We’ll still have a full month until you really kick into gear in free agency, and I still have got to see who’s interested.”
Devin McCourty has won three Super Bowls and been to two Pro Bowls with the Patriots, but sounds open to change if need be.
“My kids are 2 and 1; they can go anywhere,” he said. “We’re just excited to be in this position — to have played in my 10th year, have a good year, and still have an opportunity to further my career.”
Cornerback Jason McCourty, a Patriot for the past two seasons, has a team option worth $4 million for next year, with $500,000 due as a bonus March 18. If the Patriots don’t pick up his option, he still wants to play next year, which would be his 12th in the NFL.
“In an ideal world, we’d play together,” said Jason, who previously played with the Titans and Browns. “This has definitely been the best two years of my career.”
Devin McCourty said if the Patriots let Tom Brady and several other free agents walk away, it might affect his decision to return.
“I think one of the cool reasons of going back to the team is the guys that you have there,” he said. ”Tom [leaving] changes that. Kyle Van Noy changes that. Elandon [Roberts]. It’s so many great relationships. You also understand being a free agent means your individual process, and you go from there.”
The McCourtys were appearing on Radio Row at the Super Bowl as endorsers for Pizza Hut, which is running a contest that will award $22,000 in educational funds, tickets to next year’s Super Bowl, and two years of free pizza to the parents of the first set of twins born during the Super Bowl.
All sunny at practice
There was no significant news out of the 49ers and Chiefs as they held spirited practices under sunny skies Thursday in one of their final workouts before squaring off in the Super Bowl.
This week more than any other, no news is good news.
The 49ers went through a nearly two-hour workout at the University of Miami’s practice facility, where linebacker Kwon Alexander, running back Tevin Coleman and safety Jaquiski Tartt were the only limited players. Alexander has been dealing with a pectoral injury, while Coleman is returning from a shoulder injury and Tartt is dealing with sore ribs.
“No change,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “They’re going to be good to go.”
With hip-hop and rap music blaring from sideline speakers — the perfect soundtrack to a practice in Miami — the Niners wore helmets and shells as they focused on nickel installations while reviewing first- and second-down plays. San Francisco often practices in pads on Thursdays of game week, but Shanahan decided against it after a padded practice at home last week.
“I don’t think they need the pads,” Shanahan said. “I’m trying to make sure we get into the game healthy.”
After the Fox broadcast crew led by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman took in the Chiefs’ practice Wednesday, it was their turn with San Francisco. The crew wound up watching what Shanahan plans to be the last full-speed session of the week with only a walk-through planned for Friday and final preparations on the docket for Saturday.
“I told them we are getting toward the end here,” Shanahan said. “Most of the physical work’s put in, but we have to rest our minds and our bodies so we are ready to go on Sunday.”
Meanwhile, the Chiefs also wore helmets and shells Thursday as they worked on goal-line, short-yardage and nickel packages while reviewing first and second downs at the Miami Dolphins’ practice facility at Nova Southeastern University.
“Guys got good work in and played fast,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “It was a great day here. The team is doing good, and they have good energy.”
The four players on the injury report remained defensive tackle Chris Jones with a sore calf, tight end Travis Kelce with a bothersome knee, center Austin Reiter with a sore wrist and backup tight end Deon Yelder with a sore Achilles’ tendon. But all four were full participants in the workout, which lasted about two hours during the early afternoon heat.
On Friday, the Chiefs plan to work on red-zone plays and review the full game plan one more time. But before breaking on Thursday, Reid had his former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb address the team.
“He’s been there and done it,” Reid said. “He’s been in the league, played a long time. It was good hearing from him.”
Halftime will be a show
Jennifer Lopez and Shakira said their Super Bowl halftime show will pay homage to Latino culture, promising a joint performance that has an empowering message and also one that will remember NBA icon Kobe Bryant.
Lopez and Shakira on Thursday held a press conference before Sunday’s big game, saying they worked hard to put together an eye-popping, high-energy 12-minute performance before the 49ers take on the Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium.
AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy contributed to this report from New York City.
Material from the Associated Press was used.