Signing Patrick Chung was one of the more forgettable parts of Chip Kelly’s run with the Eagles.
As much as we love to slander Chip Kelly’s name, he did do a handful of great things for the Eagles organization. He brought an offensive line coach with him by the name of Jeff Stoutland. He drafted Lane Johnson and Zach Ertz. Heck, some would even give him credit for drafting Nelson Agholor (he did help the team win a Super Bowl) and burying Howie Roseman in the equipment room during the 2015 season, even though that didn’t lead to any wins of note.
Signing Patrick Chung, however, won’t be remembered as one of the great additions of the Kelly era. It made sense, somewhat. He played for Chip during his time with the Oregon Ducks and earned two First-Team All-Pac-10 nods (2007, 2008). He eventually landed on the New England Patriots 2010s All-Decade Team.
Unfortunately, after signing a three-year, $10 million contract, with $4 million guaranteed in 2013, Philly saw fit to move on after a single season. Chung appeared in 13 games with 11 starts in 2013. That includes a playoff contest. He racked up, 59 tackles, three pass breakups, and a fumble recovery in the Eagles-Detroit Lions snow game that no one remembers him coming up with unless you remind them of. It’s safe to say that, whenever we think of that game, we think more about what LeSean McCoy did than any contribution made.
You know what’s funny though? After Chung’s departure, he returned to New England and had six more productive seasons. His run in 2013 with the Birds wound up being the worst season of his career.