After losing Donald Thomas to the Indianapolis Colts in this year’s free agency kick off, the New England Patriots lost another free agent late tonight – safety Patrick Chunk. While it’s not a real surprise that Chung is out of Foxboro, it is a surprise that Philadelphia Eagles has grabbed Chung out of the market fairly quick. Reason might because Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was Chung’s college coach.
The Eagles were very excited to announce its roster-addition on Twitter
Chung was drafted in the second round, 34th overall of the 2009 NFL draft and during his four years in a Patriots uniform, his most productive season was in 2010 which he had a career-high three interceptions and a career best 89 tackles. Unfortunately, injuries took a tool on Chung as he finished the 2011 season with 67 tackles and one sack in only eight games. Last season he played 12 games; missing four games due to injuries.
When healthy, Patrick Chung can be a great asset to any team, but unfortunately for the Patriots it was time to move on, and perhaps, this transition will also be a refreshing start for Chung.
On the Patriots side, the transition should not have much of an impact as the departure of Donald Thomas might have later on in the season if (cross your fingers) something happens to Logan Mankins. I think the Patriots still have some flexibility at the safety position with Devin McCourty and Steve Gregory, but there are still so many variables to address as Aqib Talib still open to the market and the safety position should not be overlooked.
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