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Devin McCourty re-signs with Patriots, Jaguars were in mix per report

The Jaguars missed out on safety Devin McCourty, as he's returning to the Patriots.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars will miss out on free agent safety Devin McCourtyaccording to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. McCourty was arguably the No. 1 target in free agency for the Jaguars and the guy most Jaguars fans wanted the most in the offseason. He was considered to be the missing piece in Gus Bradley's Cover-3 scheme, playing the all important deep safety in centerfield.

After the New England Patriots decided to use their franchise tag on a kicker and let McCourty hit the open market, you knew that the safety would be highly coveted by multiple teams in free agency, mostly because the market was so thin at the position.

The Jaguars appeared to have been heavily in the mix, however.

Most felt it was likely McCourty would return to the Patriots after they cleared some cap room, so don't be surprised if the Jaguars turn their attention to someone like Ron Parker in the second wave of free agency.