By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Patrick Chung has tacked on a year to his deal with the Patriots, staying signed with New England through the 2021 season. ESPN's Field Yates first reported the extension on Friday. Thanks to Mike Reiss, we now have the full numbers.
Chung's three-year deal has a max value of $12.9 million. It raises his AAV from about $3.9 million to $4.3 million, according to prior contract numbers from Spotrac. He gets a $4 million signing bonus up front.
The veteran safety is in line for base salaries of $1.1 million, $2.9 million, and $1.9 million over the course of the three years. Each year includes a $100K workout bonus and various roster bonuses & incentives. Here are the complete details:
Patrick Chung: 3 yrs, $12.9m
Signing bonus: $4m
Chung’s role has expanded well beyond his prior salary. Rewarded w/ bump
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) April 13, 2019
The extension shores up the Patriots' safety depth chart for the foreseeable future. Chung is the only safety signed for 2021.
Devin McCourty is entering the final year of his deal and could be approaching the end of his time in New England, if not his career. Duron Harmon is only signed through 2020, while former Jets special teamer Terrence Brooks signed a two-year deal in March. Obi Melifonwu and special teams cornerstone Nate Ebner are both entering the final years of their deals.
The Patriots are looking at safety prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft as well. Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abram, whose skill set is comparable to Chung's, is on the Pats' list of top-30 pre-draft visits. It's possible Bill Belichick wanted a closer look at Florida's Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, also a Chung-like prospect, when he attended Florida's Pro Day.
But there's no one on the Patriots roster who can replicate the versatile Chung's skill set. Belichick sees the value in keeping that around, while the 31-year-old Chung will have an opportunity to finish his career as a Patriot.
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