Patrick Chung, Patriots strike two-year contract extension

Tanya Simon
May 21, 2020

Once Dugger puts ink to paper, New England's entire draft class will be under contract.

In addition to the $3 million signing bonus, Chung will receive a $1.1 million base salary in 2020. Chung finished 2019 off with 51 tackles and three passes deflected in 12 games played. But after one season the Eagles released Chung, setting him up for his return to the Patriots. Chung's declining productivity was one reason why the Patriots used their second-round pick (No. 37) to select safety Kyle Dugger out of Lenoir-Rhyne in the 2020 National Football League draft.

Dugger was chosen with the 37th overall pick after a standout career at Division 2 Lenoir-Rhyne and now gets to learn New England's complex defense under the tutelage of Belichick, Chung, and McCourty. The team had about $600,000 in cap space prior to the extension for Chung, who is entering his 12th National Football League season.

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Chung, who had two seasons left on his contract, is now signed through 2023 and is set to earn $12.8 million over the next four years, Yates adds.

The Patriots needed the space to sign their top draft choice, safety Kyle Dugger. Since Chung returned to New England in 2014, he's found his footing and flourished, enjoying three runs to Super Bowl victories (XLIX, LI, LIII) in which he appeared in all but one regular-season game.

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