Report: Patrick Chung agrees to two-year extension with Patriots
The New England Patriots and Patrick Chung have agreed to a two-year extension, according to Field Yates of ESPN. Chung receives a $3 million signing bonus with his new deal, which will pay him $12.8 million over the next four seasons.
The Patriots and S Patrick Chung have agreed to a two-year extension through 2023, per sources. Chung gets $3M to sign and is now due up to $12.8M over the next four years. One of the most reliable players on their standout defense.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 20, 2020
Even though the deal is four years long, chances are he won’t play out the entire deal, or there will be a restructure to the deal. Each of the last three seasons there has been a restructuring of Chung’s contract with the Patriots.
Chung has been in the NFL since 2009, playing all but the 2013 season with New England. In 2013, he left the Patriots to play for the Philadelphia Eagles, but quickly realized things were better in Foxborough.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick has always been a big fan of Chung. Early in 2018, Belichick talked about how Chung was one of the best players in the league:
“Chung, I’ve talked about Chung a lot,” Belichick said via Pro Football Talk. “The guy is a really good football player. He’s one of the best players in the league, one of the best players on our team. He does a lot of things very well and has done them that way for a long time. We’re lucky we have him. He’s an outstanding player in all the things that he does. We put a lot on him, and he always comes through.”
Chung is a few years older now and might have lost a little step, but he is still a great player for the Patriots defense that can be a difference-maker on the field in 2020.