Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Patriots sign veteran safety Adrian Phillips to three-year extension, per report

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The New England Patriots have made sure one of the linchpins of their defense will be around a few more years. New England signed Adrian Phillips to a three-year, $12.75 million extension Saturday (per ESPN’s Adam Schefter), keeping him with the organization until the 2024 season. Phillips was scheduled to be a free agent after this year, and his new contract is worth up to $14.25 million with $7.25 million guaranteed. 

Phillips has been a key piece in the Patriots secondary, compiling 76 tackles with a career-high four interceptions. He also has eight passes defensed, a forced fumble, and a defensive touchdown in 15 games this season. Phillips has allowed just 7.2 yards per catch, and opposing quarterbacks have recorded just a 53.2 passer rating when targeting him — making 2021 his best season in coverage.

The Patriots have lined up Phillips all over the field, as he’s played 348 snaps in the box, 121 at free safety, 113 in the slot, and 45 at cornerback this season. Phillips has been a huge contributor in New England’s top-five ranked pass defense, as the Patriots have allowed the third fewest pass yards, the fourth fewest pass touchdowns, and have the second-most interceptions in the league. 

Phillips had a cap number of $4,220,588 for this season, the final year of a two-year contract he signed prior to the 2020 season. Phillips spent his first six seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers — earning his lone Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections in 2018 when he finished with 94 tackles, nine passes defensed, a forced fumble and an interception.

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