The New England Patriots didn’t play the big game this season. In other
words, it’s time for a change. Head coach Bill Belichick will have to adjust
his winning formula. Someone will have to go. According to latest reports, the
Patriots may part ways with two veterans.
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com reported that New England may surprise everyone
with two cuts. He believes that the Patriots may move on from wide receiver and
safety Patrick Chung.
“Sanu’s $6.5 million base
salary looked like a bargain when the Patriots traded for him, but his rough
stretch since then could potentially put his roster spot in jeopardy. Chung,
one of Bill Belichick’s favorite defenders, struggled to keep up in coverage
Sanu arrived in New England prior to the trade deadline. The team traded
a third-round draft pick to the Atlanta Falcons for the veteran wideout. Unfortunately,
Sanu didn’t live up to the expectations.
The wideout had just 26 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown in his eight games as a Patriot.
New England lost a big name to get him. Will he improve in 2020?
Chung has been a Patriot for 10 of the last 11 years. He was a
second-round pick of the 2009 NFL draft. The wideout was indicted on a charge
of possession of cocaine in August. The charges against him were dismissed
after the end of the regular season.
In 2013, Chung was playing with the Philadelphia Eagles. He has been a starter at the back end of the Patriots defense since 2010.
Will the Patriots cut ties with these veterans?
In 2019, he saw action in 13 games and had 12 starts. Chung stacked 51
tackles and three pass deflections. He has a $5.8 million cap hit in 2020. If New
England cuts him, there a dead cap of $3.9 million. New England won’t save
much. If they cut Chung, that will happen for performance purposes.
What about Brady’s sustainability?
A lot of teams have shown interest in the star quarterback. NFL front offices are worried about his injuries. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported about these issues.
NFL Media’s Mike Giardi reported that front office people admire Brady’s skills, but panic over his sustainability.
“Because he’s had a lot of issues over the last two
years, physically. And no, he doesn’t miss games, but it’s impacted his
performance. … Usually, when you turn 43, those things don’t get easier — they
get harder to deal with.”