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Just over a year after signing an extension to keep him with New England through the 2021 season, safety Patrick Chung and the Patriots have come to terms on another extension, for two years this time around, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
Per Yates, Chung’s latest extension will see him earn $3 million for signing on the dotted line, and spread $12.8 million out over the next four seasons. This extension, if played out in full, would also see Chung remain with the Pats through his Age-36 season.
But perhaps most importantly, the Patriots reportedly freed up $925,000 in cap space by extending Chung. That should give Bill Belichick and Co. enough cap space to sign their 2020 top draft pick, safety Kyle Dugger. Drafted by the Patriots with the No. 37 overall pick, Dugger is the lone member of the Patriots’ 10-player 2020 class yet to sign his rookie contract.
The 32-year-old Chung, who has spent 10 of his 11 NFL seasons with the Patriots, totaled 51 tackles and three passes defended in 13 games (12 starts) for the Patriots in 2019.