Veteran strong safety Patrick Chung is headed towards retiring as a member of the New England Patriots organization. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Chung signed a new two-year extension that will keep him with the Pats through the 2023 NFL season.
Chung’s previous deal, which he signed in 2019, was set to expire after the 2021 season. This new contract gives him a $3 million signing bonus as part and brings him close to $13 million in the next four years.
While he didn’t have especially productive year stats-wise in 2019, contributing with 51 tackles and three pass deflections, Chang still provided a valuable presence to a stand-out Pats’ defense. Locking him to a new deal ensures continuity for New England and also keeps one of locker room leaders satisfied.
Patrick Chung was Patriots’ second-round choice in 2009 and has spent all but one year with the organization. In 2013, Chung decided to join Philadelphia Eagles on a three-year deal but lasted only one season before being cut. He returned to New England the following year and went on to help the team win three Super Bowls since then.
Chung’s career stats include 122 career starts, 778 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 57 pass deflections, 11 interceptions, and one defensive touchdown.