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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JANUARY 28: Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots talks to the media during Super Bowl LIII Opening Night at State Farm Arena on January 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung, who signed a two-year extension with the Patriots on Wednesday, almost chose an entirely different path this offseason. One that included retirement, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

(Talk about changing course.)

An 11-year veteran (10 of those coming with the Patriots), nobody could have blamed Chung for walking away this offseason, as the 32-year-old seriously pushed himself to the absolute limit last year.

After breaking his arm in the Patriots’ Super Bowl LIII win over the Rams, Chung went through a 2019 that saw him straight-up eviscerated by injuries ranging from his chest to his heel before a high ankle sprain knocked him out of the team’s wild card round loss to the Titans. Again, the versatile Chung pushed himself ’til the wheels fell off. Quite literally, in fact.

But by tacking on an extra two years to his deal, which will keep with the Patriots through 2023 (his Age-36 season), Chung was rewarded for his efforts with a $3 million signing bonus. Chung also has the ability to hit multiple bonuses (games played and workout-related) that could be added on to his $1.1 million base salary in 2020, as revealed by ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

Chung appeared in 13 games (12 starts) for the Patriots last year, and totaled 51 tackles and three passes defended. The 5-foot-11 safety has totaled 738 tackles and 11 interceptions in 150 career games between the Patriots and Eagles.

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