Patrick Chung Signs With Eagles, Reunites With College Coach Chip Kelly

by NESN Staff

March 12, 2013

Patrick ChungPatrick Chung‘s tenure in New England was over way before Tuesday’s free agency window opened, but now it’s official.

Chung, who fell out of favor and played sparingly for the Patriots down the stretch of the season, has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to the team.

During Chung’s final two seasons at the University of Oregon, Chip Kelly was the offensive coordinator, which is the connector in this reunion.

Chung had a lot of promise at safety for the Patriots after a breakout year in 2010 and solid start to the 2011 season, but injuries derailed him during the last two years and saw him fall out of favor with Bill Belichick and the defensive staff.

He recorded 96 tackles and three interceptions in 2010, and if that talent can be harnessed once again, then Philly could be making a great decision. He is still just 25 and four years into the league, so don’t count out a resurgence, but last year’s second-round pick Tavon Wilson is a very similar player.

It’s tough to part ways with such a great locker room guy, but for the time being the Patriots are better off moving in a different direction with Devin McCourty and company.

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