Patriots Retain Jason McCourty, Bring Back Brandon Bolden
Brandon Bolden, a core special teams player in New England before spending the 2018 season with the Miami Dolphins, has agreed to return to the Patriots on a two-year deal, according to the NFL Network.
The 29-year-old spent his first six years in the NFL with New England, not only contributing on special teams but adding depth at the running back position as well.
He signed with the Dolphins on Sept. 4, just days after he was released by the Patriots at the end of training camp.
The eighth-year pro appeared in all 16 regular season games for the Dolphins last year but carried the ball just eight times.
His best game of the season came against the Patriots on Dec. 9, when Bolden carried the ball twice for 60 yards and two touchdowns. The Dolphins won the game, 34-33, after Kenyan Drake scored a touchdown on a wild, desperation play in the final seconds of the game.
It was also reported Wednesday that the McCourty twins will remain teammates in New England next season, as Jason McCourty agreed to a two-year deal with the Patriots, a source told ESPN.
The Patriots acquired McCourty and a 2018 seventh-round draft pick in a trade with the Cleveland Browns on March 15, 2018. In exchange, the Browns received a 2018 sixth-round pick from New England. The Browns had planned to release McCourty prior to pulling off the deal with the Patriots.
McCourty played in all 16 regular-season games, starting in 12 of them.
He provided one of the key moments in Super LIII, when he raced out of nowhere to deflect a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who was wide open in the back of the end zone until McCourty busted up the play.
McCourty, who spent his first eight seasons with the Tennessee Titans, is entering his 11th year in the league.
The 31-year-old totaled 68 tackles, one interception and 10 passes defended during the regular season.
McCourty and Bolden have signed on to play for the Patriots next season, but a number of key players from last season's Super Bowl team have agreed to play for other teams in 2019, including DE Trey Flowers, OT Trent Brown, CB Eric Rowe, TE Dwayne Allen and special teams ace Cordarrelle Patterson.