The New England Patriots, on the eve of their AFC divisional playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, have boosted morale around the franchise with the news today that two members of the roster have inked new deals.
Both safety Patrick Chung and running back/special-teamer Brandon Bolden have extended their deals in Foxboro.
Chung, an offseason addition prior to the 2014 season, has signed a three-year extension worth up to $8.2 million - $3.2 million of which is guaranteed. Bolden meanwhile signs up until 2017 with $300,000 of a possible $3.2 million guaranteed.
Chung, who was with the Pats between 2009-2012 before one season with the Eagles, has emerged as an integral part of the Patriots' defense in 2014 having finished the season with 85 tackles (third in the team), one interception and seven passes defended - appearing in all 16 games.
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As for Bolden, as his more frugal contract suggests, his role was more limited this season.
The Old Miss product was used mostly on special teams although he did finish with one touchdown from his 28 carries for 89 yards.
With the Patriots RB situation for 2015 up in the air at present - both Shane Vereen and Steven Ridley are scheduled to enter free agency after this season - Bolden's extension adds guaranteed depth alongside LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray.
Bill Belichick will be delighted to have secured to members of his roster to new deals but the veteran head coach has more pressing concerns heading into this weekend.
The Patriots will look to secure progress to the AFC Championship game for the fourth successive time when they welcome the Baltimore Ravens to the Gillette Stadium.
Tom Brady and co remain favorites but they will be well aware of the threat posed by the Ravens, a team who have ended the Patriots' Super Bowl hopes twice since 2010.
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