The Patriots are bringing back safety Patrick Chung.
A second-round pick in 2009 (34th overall), Chung had bright spots during his injury-marred tenure with the team through the 2012 season. But his play in 2012 – a contract year – was bizarrely bad and led him to the free agent market where he was signed by the Eagles.
He lasted just a season in Philly before Chip Kelly, one of Chung’s former coaches at the University of Oregon, made the decision to let Chung go. The move saved the Eagles $3.25M on the salary cap and folks in Philly weren’t sad to see Chung go as his penchant for bad angles and questionable coverage decisions didn’t let up after leaving New England.
So why are the Patriots taking back a player who’s in sharp decline? Well, certainly not to be a starter. Chung is still 26. Currently, the team has Duron Harmon – promising – playing next to Devin McCourty at the back end. Other than Harmon, question marks.
Adrian Wilson is aging and coming off surgery and a missed season. Tavon Wilson is another second-round pick who hasn’t measured up to expectations.
Add Chung to the mix, pit those three against each other and see which two emerge as the best players.
Chung can play special teams, he was a well-liked teammate and when he’s playing well (the 2011 Super Bowl) he can be a difference maker.
Worth a shot in April.