Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Details of Chung, Thomas deals
By Field Yates
While the Patriots have yet to sign any free-agent deals, a pair of their own free agents have already found new teams: Safety Patrick Chung is now an Eagle and guard Donald Thomas a Colt.
Prior to free agency beginning, we projected that both Chung and Thomas would land elsewhere, with an estimate of three years and $12 million for Chung and four years and $14 million for Thomas.
The financial details for each of their deals are starting to trickle in, giving us some context on their departures.
According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Chung's deal will span three-years with a maximum value of $10 million, $3.25 million of which is guaranteed. Given that Chung had fallen down the Patriots' depth chart, those figures far exceed what they likely would have been willing to pay to bring him back. Chung has a strong chance to start in Philadelphia, as their safety group struggled in 2012.
Thomas, meanwhile, has in fact landed a four-year deal worth $14 million, according to Pro Football Talk. That represents a handsome raise for the 27-year old, and is a sign that he's viewed as a starter in Indianapolis. The Patriots probably viewed Thomas as a starting-caliber talent as well, but with Logan Mankins and Dan Connolly under contract, paying Thomas that much money to be a reserve was too steep.