On Thursday, it was revealed that New England Patriots S Patrick Chung was indicted for cocaine possession and could face jail time to up to five years if guilty.
In 15 games last season, Chung recorded 84 total tackles (54 solo), 1 fumble recovery, and 1 INT. Alongside Devin McCourty, Chung made his presence known in the Patriots secondary. He has also proven to be an asset on special teams over the years.
Chung has been with the Patriots organization for nine seasons, but spent the 2013 campaign with the Philadelphia Eagles.
There are only three players in New England’s secondary over the age of 28, while seven are 25 or younger. Chung, 31, had no problem embracing a leadership role with the franchise.
Regardless of what the Patriots elect to do moving forward, the law may prevent Chung from being part of the league. Even if cleared of charges, the team’s front office has a very strict policy regarding off-the-field incidents.
Assuming he is cut, the defense could be forced to move McCourty to strong safety, pushing Duron Harmon to free safety in the process.
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