Chung announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. It was previously reported that Chung, who opted out of the 2020 NFL season, was planning to return to the team this year. The 33-year-old spent all but one of his 11 pro campaigns with New England, racking up 778 tackles and 11 picks in the process. With Chung no longer in the mix, the Patriots safety corps is currently headed by Devin McCourty, Adrian Phillips, Kyle Dugger and Jalen Mills.
Chung is planning to return to the Patriots in 2021 after opting out of the 2020 season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. At age 33, Chung should be more physically refreshed than his age would indicate after an extended time off from the rigors of the NFL. The veteran will aim to once again lead the team's safety corps. In his 2019 season, Chung posted 51 tackles and three pass breakups across his 13 contests.
Chung (opt out) plans to return to the Patriots next season, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports. Chung opted out of the 2020 season but plans to return to New England for the 2021 campaign. The starting strong safety job will likely be Chung's to lose, though it remains to be seen what level he'll be capable of performing at after a year out of football at age 34.
Chung (ankle) agreed Wednesday with the Patriots on a two-year contract extension, Field Yates of ESPN reports. The exact terms of Chung's new deal aren't known, but Yates notes that the veteran safety will receive a $3 million signing bonus and will be due $12.8 million total through the 2023 season. After Devin McCourty re-signed on a two-year, $23 million deal in March, New England looks like it will have both of its starting safeties in the fold for the duration of their careers. The 32-year-old Chung tallied 51 tackles and three pass breakups across his 13 appearances in 2019.
Chung suffered a high-ankle sprain during Saturday's playoff loss to the Titans, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports. Chung was forced out of the wild-card loss during New England's first defensive series. He recorded just one tackle before leaving the field. The veteran safety's injury isn't cause for any notable concern -- though high-ankle sprains usually carry a multiweek recovery timetable -- since he'll have the benefit of a full offseason to get healthy.
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