The Patriots and safety Patrick Chung are working on a contract extension, according to multiple reports.
Chung, one of New England’s best and most versatile defenders, was scheduled to make $2 million in 2018 with another $1 million in bonuses and incentives.
Coach Bill Belichick in January called Chung one of the best players in the leauge and one of the best players on the Patriots’ roster.
“He does a lot of things very well and has done them that way for a long time,’’ Belichick said. “We’re lucky to have him. He’s and outstanding player in all the things that he does. We put a lot on him, and he always comes through.’’
Chung has the versatility to line up at linebacker and in the secondary; he can cover slot receivers and running backs and can deftly cover tight ends.
“His understanding when he’s in different roles how he needs to play, what he needs to do — I think allows him to take on a lot for us defensively, and whatever different package it is he usually is playing a different role,’’ safety Devin McCourty said in January. “So, [there’s] a lot on him. I think a good thing is we all try to figure it out together. Whether it’s me, him or me, him, and Duron [Harmon] or him and Duron. On whatever those roles are — we make sure we all kind of play to our strengths.’’
On Saturday morning, Chung tweeted, “Sometimes things just happen out of nowhere,’’ although it is hard to decipher if the tweet was related to the contract extension.
Sometimes things just happen out of nowhere.
— Patrick Chung (@PatrickChung23) March 17, 2018
Chung is entering his 10th NFL season and ninth overall in New England. In his second stint with the Patriots, which began in 2014 after one season in Philadelphia, Chung has started 56 games and appeared in 63 total, racking up 229 tackles, three interceptions, 29 passes defended, one sack, one forced fumble, and three fumble recoveries.
This post will be updated.