Patrick Chung's broken arm in Super Bowl 53 was a heartbreaking moment for fans and teammates alike.
Chung is a part of the heart and soul of this Patriots defense. The safety has turned into a valuable player after his return to New England in 2014.
Chung himself reported in an Instagram post on Friday that the surgery for his broken arm was successful. He reportedly will need additional surgery on his shoulder later this offseason.
For anyone who had doubts that Chung might return for his tenth NFL season, just watch the video. He already looks ready to get back on the field, although he did admit that it "kinda hurt".
Chung, who turns 32 in August, finished the season with 84 tackles and an interception, all while playing the versatile role of an in-the-box safety who can cover tight ends and defend the run game at equally high levels.
Chung's shoulder surgery will likely be scheduled for the latter half of the offseason, depending on how his arm rehab goes. But by all reports so far, Chung plans to be ready to play in 2019. He is under contract through 2020 after signing a two-year, $11.5 million contract extension in May 2018.
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We all thought Tom Brady would be a New England Patriot for life, but now that he's a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, it's going to take some getting used to.
Few could have predicted Brady's stunning falling out with Bill Belichick and the Patriots years ago and it seems especially weird - even poignant - after you watch this 2016 Brady interview with WCVB's Mike Lynch, unearthed by WEEI's Mark Dondero.
Lynch asks Brady a few questions and the replies are pretty shocking in light of what's happened. Asked if he could ever see himself in a uniform other than the Patriots, Brady answers, "I hope not... I never want to go anywhere else."
With Brady saying that four years ago, it shows just how much has happened in the past four years to bring the professional relationship among the quarterback, the coach and owner Robert Kraft to an end.
"I hope they never want me to go anywhere else, either," Brady says, "but that's the business and I've got to keep doing my job and playing well and hopefully RKK [Kraft] and Bill will find a place for me."
The Patriots reportedly pursued free-agent defensive end Derek Wolfe, but he won't be coming to New England.
Instead, the former Denver Bronco is headed to the Baltimore Ravens on a one-year, $6 million deal according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
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It was reported last week the Patriots had discussions with Wolfe, who tallied a career-high seven sacks with Denver in 2019. The 30-year-old was selected by the Broncos in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft and has been a rock-solid contributor on their defensive line the past eight seasons.
New England could use a boost to its pass rush after losing several key defensive players to free agency. Notable departures include Kyle Van Noy (Miami Dolphins), Jamie Collins (Detroit Lions) and defensive tackle Danny Shelton (Lions).