Chung signed a three-year extension worth $5.7 million with the Patriots on Friday, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. Chung will be locked up through the 2018 season as he has emerged as the Patriots starting strong safety over the past two years. He finished the 2015 campaign with 85 tackles and a forced fumble in 15 games.
During the 2015 regular season, Chung was on the field for 81 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. Devin McCourty and Chung -- who are both under contract for 2016 -- served as the team's starters at the safety position, with McCourty working "in the center field-type role" and Chung "often playing in the box and offering quality run support," per Reiss. In the process, Chung carved out a degree of IDP relevance, recording 85 tackles and a forced fumble over 15 games for the team.
Chung (foot) is active Sunday against the Dolphins. After putting in three limited practices this week, Chung will be in the lineup at strong safety after missing last week's contest. On the season, he's posted 76 tackles along with a forced fumble.
Chung (hip) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Jets. Chung will miss his first game of the season in Week 16. He did practice on a limited basis all week, so he will have a chance to return to action in Week 17 against the Dolphins.
The Patriots have locked up running back Brandon Bolden and starting safety Patrick Chung to contract extensions on Friday, ESPN reports. Bolden, a core special teams player, signed a two-year, $3.2 million contract extension through 2016. Chung, who returned to New England after spending the 2013 season with the Eagles, signed a three-year extension through 2017. The deal is worth up to $8.2 million and includes $3.4 million in guarantees, according to the report.
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