New England Patriots sign Patrick Chung to contract extension
By Nick Ziegler
As free agency rolls on, the New England Patriots have reportedly signed safety Patrick Chung to a contract extension.
Despite suffering a lot of noticeable losses in free agency so far, the New England Patriots remain focused on their goal of being one of the top teams in the AFC next season.
Coming into the offseason, the Patriots had a lot of key free agents and a lot of holes to fill. After the defensive collapse in the Super Bowl last season, the Patriots figured to be addressing some of their needs on the defense side of the ball.
Even though he wasn’t a free agent, the Patriots have reportedly reached an agreement with safety Patrick Chung on a contract extension.
While the numbers haven’t been released yet, seeing a deal worth 2-3 million per season is likely.
Since coming back to New England Chung has seen his career really turn around. In 2017, Chung was ranked as the 42nd best safety in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus. With an overall grade of 79.0 from PFF, Chung certainly had a strong season for the Patriots.
If we see the Chung of 2017, the Patriots certainly made the wise decision to extend his contract. By extended Chung, the Patriots now have their talented trio at safety under contract through 2019.
This trio has performed very well for the Patriots and was arguably been the best part of their defense last season. With the addition of Jason McCourty at cornerback to play across from Stephon Gilmore, the Patriots’ secondary is looking pretty strong going into next season.
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Extending Chung was important for New England, as he is truly a Swiss army knife for their defense with his ability to play all over the field. As free agency continues, we will have to see what other moves the Patriots make.