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Patrick Chung can now easily earn $1.7 million in incentives this year

Miguel Benzan
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4 years ago at 10:31 am ET
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On June 17 Field Yates tweeted that “the Patriots have given S Patrick Chung a chance to earn $800k extra this season, boosting his incentives from $900k to $1.7M.”. Today ESPN’s Mike Reisss provided us with the detailed structure of Chung’s incentives.

* $200,000 if he plays 65 percent of the defensive snaps

* $400,000 if he plays 75 percent of the defensive snaps

* $500,000 if he plays 85 percent of the defensive snaps

* $300,000 if he plays 80 percent of the defensive snaps and the Patriots win 13 games

* $300,000 if he plays 80 percent of the defensive snaps and the Patriots are in the Super Bowl

Patrick Chung played in 96.5 of the snaps last year while the Patriots won 14 regular seasons and the Super Bowl so these five incentives should be considered LTBE (Likely to Be Earned.

At this time I would like to provide some history on Chung’s incentives.

His 2014 one-year deal with the Patriots did not contain any incentives. His 2015 two-year extension did – $200,000 for playing at least 60 percent of the defensive snaps, $500,000 for playing at least 70 percent of the defensive snaps, or $900,000 for playing at least 80 percent of the defensive snaps. In 2016 Chung extended his deal by one more year but there was no mention of incentives for the 2017 season in ESPN’s report on the extension. The report mentioned that the playing-time incentives from the 2015 extension were removed from the 2016 season while noting that Chung has $600,000 in incentives for the 2018 season. Learned from a different source that Chung’s 2018 incentives were tiered as follows:

* $200,000 if he plays 60 percent of the defensive snaps

* $400,000 if he plays 70 percent of the defensive snaps

* $600,000 if he plays 80 percent of the defensive snaps

The same source confirmed my suspicion that Chung’s 2016 extension removed incentives from his 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Before Field Yates’s tweet I had Patrick Chung’s 2017 cap number as $4.5 million
$2,500,000 salary
$800,000 signing bonus proration of his 2015 signing bonus
$800,000 signing bonus proration of his 2015 signing bonus
$400,000 in 46-man active roster bonuses ($25,000 for each regular-season game)

Before Field Yates’s tweet I now have Patrick Chung’s 2017 cap number as $6.2 million
$2,500,000 salary
$800,000 signing bonus proration of his 2015 signing bonus
$800,000 signing bonus proration of his 2015 signing bonus
$400,000 in 46-man active roster bonuses ($25,000 for each regular-season game)
$1,700,000 in LTBE incentives.

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