FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots and security veteran Adrian Phillips have reached a deal on a three-year contract extension that includes $ 7.25 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday .
Phillips, 29, has become a key cog in the defense since signing a two-year free agent contract with the Patriots in 2020. He is third on the team with 70 tackles and his four interceptions are ranked in the second rank of the club.
In November, coach Bill Belichick said Phillips “almost always does the right thing” and compared him to longtime Patriots goaltender Patrick Chung.
The Phillips extension has a base value of $ 12.75 million but could be worth as much as $ 14.25 million, the source told Schefter.
The eight-season veteran, who spent the first six years of his career with the Chargers, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent during the offseason. His return in 2022 helps solidify the squad’s point of safety, which also includes promising Kyle Dugger, the team’s first pick in the 2020 draft. Captain Devin McCourty, a security stalwart for 12 years, is intended for unrestricted free agency.
Phillips’ versatility was especially valuable in New England, as he played a linebacker-type role in some packages, supporting the race. Other times he played in the deep end of the field in a more traditional security role.
“You see players with great instincts, which Adrian has, both in the running game and in the passing game,” Belichick said earlier this season. “He has great hands too. If you look at some of the interceptions he’s made for us and in his career, those are really good catches that a lot of defensive players might not be able to make.”