Jason McCourty receives 5-year extension from Titans

The Tennessee Titans and cornerback Jason McCourty have agreed on a five-year, $43 million extension that includes $20 million guaranteed. The new deal was signed Thursday and will keep McCourty with the Titans through the 2017 season.

The deal was reported shortly before the Titans faced off against the Arizona Cardinals in the team’s third game of the preseason.

The Rutgers alum is beginning his fourth year with the Titans and was entering into the final year of his rookie deal worth $1.26 million. McCourty, a sixth round pick in the 2009 draft, is also the twin brother of New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty.

McCourty’s deal might come as a surprise to some, but he’s built a case for himself to be included among the upper-echelon corners in the game. Over the course of his first three years in the NFL, McCourty has registered 182 tackles, four interceptions, a sack, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. The past season was by far his best season as a pro, in which he recorded a career-high 107 tackles and two picks as well as his first career touchdown that he scored off a block punt.

He also led the team with 13 passes defended after taking over for an injured Cortland Finnegan last season in Week 4. McCourty has now established himself as the premiere cornerback on the Titans roster after Finnegan signed a five-year, $50 million contract with the St. Louis Rams this off-season.

The Titans are more than comfortable with McCourty leading the way in the secondary this season and that thought process certainly reflects in the way he’s getting paid.