New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 13: Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots reacts during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

In a move that’s been months in the making, the Patriots finally made Patrick Chung‘s retirement official Friday afternoon. Chung announced his retirement back in March, but the team hadn’t removed him from the active roster. On Friday, they moved him to the reserve/retired list, as first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates.

By moving Chung to the reserve/retired list, the Patriots freed up $891,765 in salary cap space. The move also dropped their 90-man roster total down to 89 players.

The team quickly filled Chung’s open roster spot by signing tight end David Wells. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Wells spent a week with the Patriots on the practice squad last November. Wells has also spent time with the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs since entering the league as an undrafted free agent out of San Diego State in 2018. PFF’s Doug Kyed was the first to report the signing.

In addition to signing Wells, the Patriots also had a pair of players in for workouts, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Safety Brian Cole and center Spencer Pulley were both in Foxborough on Friday. Cole spent his rookie season in 2020 as a practice squad player for the Dolphins and Vikings. Pulley has played 49 games over the last four seasons for the Chargers and Giants.

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