Patriots extend S Chung, sign three others

Reuters

The New England Patriots wrapped up a busy day Saturday as they signed free-agent defensive end Adrian Clayborn, running back Jeremy Hill and offensive lineman Matt Tobin and extended the contract of safety Patrick Chung.

Clayborn and Hill were expected to sign with the Patriots after reports leaked out earlier this week that they would head to the defending AFC champions. Clayborn, 29, recorded 30 sacks in seven seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons. Hill, 25, rushed for 2,873 yards and 29 touchdowns in four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Tobin provides additional depth on the offensive line for New England. The 27-year-old has played in 57 games (21 starts) during five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks. He has played both left and right guard.

Chung, 30, was heading into the final year of his contract. Terms of the extension have not been released, but the deal prevents Chung from hitting the free-agent market next season.

The Patriots reportedly view Chung as a leader in the locker room, according to the Boston Herald. He has excelled as part of a trio of New England safeties that includes Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon.

Last season, Chung finished with 84 tackles and an interception. He has 643 tackles and 10 interceptions in his nine-year career, spent solely with the Patriots.

--Field Level Media

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