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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. New England Patriots and veterans safety Adrian Phillips has agreed on a three-year contract extension that includes a guaranteed $ 7.25 million, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday.
Phillips, 29, has become a key wheel in the defense since signing a two-year contract with the Patriots in 2020. He is number three on the team with 70 tackles and his four interceptions are in second place at the club.
In November, coach Bill Belichick said Phillips “almost always does the right thing” and compared him to longtime Patriots safety Patrick Chung.
Phillips’ expansion has a base value of $ 12.75 million, but could be worth as much as $ 14.25 million, the source told Schefter.
The eight-year veteran, who spent the first six years of his career with the Chargers, was scheduled to become an unlimited free agent in the offseason. His return in 2022 helps maintain the team’s safety spot, which also includes promising Kyle Dugger, the team’s best draft pick in 2020. Captain Devin McCourty, who has been safe in safety for the past 12 years, is scheduled for unlimited free play.
Phillips’ versatility has been particularly valuable in New England, as he has played a linebacker-type role in certain packages that support the race. Other times, he has played in the deep part of the field in a more traditional security role.
“You see players with great instincts that Adrian has, both in the running and passing game,” Belichick said earlier in the season. “He also has excellent hands. If you look at some of the interceptions he has made for us and in his career, these are really good catches that many defenders may not be able to make.”