Patrick Chung announced his retirement a couple of months ago, and now it’s official. The veteran safety announced in May he was retiring. The Patriots moved him to the retired/reserve list Friday. This move was formality and it’s official.
Field Yates from ESPN was among the first to confirm the big news.
Patriots had to finish the thing in the offseason. Chung made an announcement and the team had to get things done. The Patriots put the decision on paper Friday. Now they have $891,765 in cap space and this adds more to the final sum. Patriots salary cap expert Miguel Benzan confirmed that they have $13,112, 279.
Chung decided to opt-out of the 2020 NFL season due to the coronavirus pandemic. He was one of the eight players who made this decision. Fans will always remember his greatness and his incredible passion for the game. Chung was a go-to at safety during his 10 years with the Patriots. The veteran helped the team win three Super Bowls. Head coach Bill Belichick used him as a key figure during games.
Patrick Chung officializes his retirement
The Patriots have to fill Chung’s spot. Well, guess what… They have already done this. The organization announced the addition of tight end David Wells. He measures at 6 feet 6, 255 pounds. It’s interesting to note that Wells was with the Patriots practice unit for six days in 2020. That’s not all. He has yet to play a game in the league.
The 26-year-old signed a contract with the Dallas Cowboys in 2018 as a rookie free agent. However, they cut the San Diego State product after training camp. Wells joined the Kansas City Chiefs practice unit and started the 2019 NFL season with them. The Chiefs moved him to injured reserve after training camp.
How will the Patriots handle the new player?
They have several options at safety. Belichick has Adrian Phillips, Devin McCourty, Kyle Dugger, Jallen Mills, and four others on the depth chart at safety. Belichick is well prepared for 2021. Who will take Chung’s position?