While most of the attention of Patriots fans has been on Tom Brady, and, to a lesser extent, their other free-agent losses (Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins among others), they did add a safety and All-Pro special teamer in former Los Angeles Charger Adrian Phillips, who agreed to a two-year deal on Thursday.
S Adrian Phillips contract w/ Patriots:— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) March 20, 2020
Signing bonus: $1.5 million
Roster: $500k ($31,250k per game)
Base: $2.25m ($500k g'teed)
ANALYSIS: 18 tackles in last 2 games vs. NE; Bill Belichick never forgets
A broken arm limited Phillips, who turns 28 in April, to just seven games last season. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound safety has played all six of his NFL seasons with the Chargers and was an All-Pro on special teams in 2018 (career-high 94 tackles, nine passes defensed), when Bill Belichick got a good look at him in the Patriots' AFC Divisional playoff victory over L.A.
His special teams contributions offer the kind of versatility that are right up Belichick's alley. Earlier this week, the Patriots traded safety Duron Harmon to the Detroit Lions in a cost-cutting move and they lost safety/special teamer Nate Ebner in free agency to the New York Giants
According to Miguel Benzan of Boston Sports Journal (@patscap on Twitter), the Phillips signing leaves the Patriots $4,858,834 under the salary cap with 62 players on the active roster.