Patrick Chung will be sticking around New England through the 2020 season. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports (via Twitter) that the Patriots have signed the veteran safety to a “short-term” extension. The new deal is worth $11.5MM through 2020, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald (on Twitter).
Chung was originally set to earn $2MM in 2018, which was the final year of his former deal. It now appears that year has been ripped up as he’ll earn $5.4MM in the coming year. All in all, it’s an extra $9.1MM in new money for the 30-year-old (31 in August).
The 2009 second-round pick spent the first four seasons of his career in New England before signing with the Eagles in 2013. However, he was released by Philly less than a year later, and he landed back with the Patriots. Since 2014, Chung has been a dependable presence on the Patriots secondary, missing only one regular season game during that span.
He had another productive campaign in 2017, compiling 84 tackles, nine passes defended, and one interception in 16 games (11 starts). Pro Football Focus ranked Chung 42nd among 87 eligible safety candidates, which was a huge improvement over his lackluster rating from 2016.
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