On Thursday, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported that the Patriots are signing former Chargers safety Adrian Phillips to a two-year deal. The Bolts lose one of their most versatile defenders and someone who played a major role in the team’s defensive success during the Bolts’ 12-4 2018 season.
That year, Phillips was selected as a First-Team All-Pro as a special teams contributor. He also played a career-high 66% of the team’s defensive snaps as a sub-package linebacker. Technically labeled as a defensive back, the Chargers utilized six defensive backs on the field more than any other team in the NFL in ‘18.
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
In the Chargers’ playoff victory over the Baltimore Ravens, Phillips recorded a tackle-for-loss and an interception, helping their team to their first postseason win since the 2013 season. HIs final stat line on the year included 94 total stops, four tackles-for-loss, an interception, nine passes defended, and a forced fumble.