Bill Belichick may have lost out on Tom Brady, but he’s not going down without a fight in regards to free agency. The Patriots signed a major Pro-Bowl safety on Thursday evening.
Former Chargers defensive back Adrian Phillips has agreed to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots, according to NFL reporter Charles Robinson.
Phillips has spent his first six years in the NFL with the Chargers. In six seasons, the Pro-Bowl safety racked up 251 tackles and five interceptions. His most productive season came in 2018 as he totaled a whopping 94 tackles and one pick.
Phillips should help shore up the back-end of a Patriots’ defense needing some help in the secondary. He also adds plenty of versatility to the New England defense considering he can play both safety and linebacker. Robinson has the latest on the major signing:
A team source tells Yahoo Sports that Pro Bowl safety Adrian Phillips has agreed to a two-year deal with the #Patriots.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) March 19, 2020
We all know Belichick loves athletes who can contribute on special teams – Phillips is one of those kind of players. The safety earned All-Pro honors in 2018 due to his special teams play.
Needless to say, Phillips is a perfect fit in New England due to his all-around abilities.
This signing should help Pats fans feel a bit better after the Patriots failed to re-sign Brady earlier this week.