Patriots Reward S Patrick Chung with a One-Year Extension and Salary Bump

Patrick Chung. Photo by Eric Canha/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

New England Patriots like what they had seen from safety Patrick Chung in 2018, so the 31-year-old is getting a reward for his fine play. Pats’ signed Chung to a one-year extension, which will keep him with the organization through 2021, while also giving him a salary bump.

Chung ended 2018 with 84 tackles, 0.5 sacks, one interception, three passes defended and one fumble recovery.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Chung is set to receive $4 million signing bonus alongside a $2.25 million salary for 2019 with bonuses and incentives included. In 2020, he can earn $3.75 million in total while the figure for 2021 will be around $2.75 million. For comparison, his old deal was getting him an average annual salary of $3.9 million, while he will earn $4.3 million annually under this extension.

Patrick Chung was drafted in the second round of 2009 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots and initially played four seasons with the team, serving as a valuable member of the rotation. He then decided to sign a three-year deal with Philadelphia Eagles in 2013, but only played one season in Philly before being released. Chung then returned to New England in 2014 and played all but two regular season games since then.

Chung’s NFL career stats include 723 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 11 interceptions and one defensive touchdown.