The New England Patriots have agreed to a contract extension with former Eagles safety Patrick Chung. The deal is a three-year extension through 2017 worth up to $8.2 million, with $3.4 million guaranteed. No, that's not a joke.
Chung, who was originally drafted by the Patriots with pick No. 34 in the 2009 NFL Draft, rejoined New England during the 2014 offseason after a very unsuccessful one-year stint in Philadelphia. Chung started 10 games for the Eagles in 2013 and was a major liability on the field. Chung often missed tackles, got toasted in coverage, and even hit his own teammates by mistake. Eagles fans were VERY glad to see him go. Philadelphia released Chung last year for an initial savings of $2.25 million, but that number increased to $3.25 million after he made the Patriots 53-man roster.
Apparently Chung has had something of a career revival back under Bill Belichick's guidance. For what it's worth, Chung actually ranks as one of the better graded safeties on Pro Football Focus. That seems pretty hard to believe.
Chung has probably benefited from playing with other talented secondary members. New England's group of Devin McCourty, Darrelle Revis, and Brandon Browner sure beat out the crew of Nate Allen, Cary Williams, and Bradley Fletcher that Chung had to work with last year. There's also the fact that Chung suffered a serious shoulder injury early in the 2013 season.
Despite Chung's resurgence, the Eagles won't be kicking themselves for letting him go. He simply didn't play well enough to stick around.