Devin McCourty hopes Patriots are interested in brother Jason

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick.   Maddie Meyer  Getty

At least six members of Brady's teammates - Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, Chris Long, LeGarrette Blount, Alan Branch, and Dont'a Hightower - have said they will not attend the Patriots' White House trip, some citing political objections to Trump. Talks between the Saints and Butler have occurred about a deal, one that would nearly certainly involve different kind of compensation going back to New England via traditional trade rather than New Orleans surrendering its No. 11 overall pick.

According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, the Chiefs "will nearly certainly" be facing off against the New England Patriots in the Thursday night National Football League regular season opener on September 7.

"I'm excited for him", Devin said Friday, via Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. "I hope we're interested in him". Yes, it involves his recently released twin brother, cornerback Jason McCourty.

McCourty revealed he knew "right away" he would not go, clarifying "because it was something I thought about before we even won the game".

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"I expect him to be back, probably". He wants to get a chance to get out there and compete. Right now, it just seems like a Butler trade is unlikely with what each side wants. "I don't believe in excluding other people", he said.

Devin is willing to lobby Bill Belichick to sign his brother, though he's not terribly optimistic that he'll listen.

Due to the Patriots playing the Atlanta Falcons in the regular season, having a Super Bowl rematch certainly could have been a possibility.

Malcolm Butler's situation isn't quite the same - he's a restricted free agent this offseason - but McCourty would advise him the same way he advises any player looking at his options: Do what's best for you and yours. "Why did you go when you knew it was wrong?'"

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