In late July, Patriots security Kyle Dugger mentioned he would “love” to proceed enjoying in New England.
Dugger, 27, is coming into a contract yr as the most effective gamers on the staff. At the beginning of coaching camp, Patriots director of participant personnel Matt Groh made it recognized the entrance workplace yearly engages with gamers within the final years of their contracts about extending.
As far as how talks have progressed with Dugger’s camp, there seems to be little progress. Or if there was, Dugger hasn’t heard about it.
“I don’t really have a timeline on (negotiations),” he informed the Herald within the locker room Wednesday. “I’m just trying to focus. We got a game on Sunday. So I’m just thinking about that and let my agent kind of handle everything. So (that’s) their business, and I’ve gotta handle my business.”
The Patriots prolonged core gamers days earlier than their season opener in 2018, with then beginning proper guard Shaq Mason, and 2019 with cornerback Jonathan Jones. Dugger is one among a number of veterans in a contract yr, together with fellow 2020 draft picks Josh Uche and Mike Onwenu, huge receiver Kendrick Bourne and tight finish Hunter Henry. The Patriots haven’t approached Bourne about extending, per sources, whereas Uche mentioned this summer season his company has heard from the staff.
Following Dugger’s feedback Wednesday, it feels like he gained’t know till the very finish of the method if he has a long-term dwelling in New England.
“I haven’t really heard a lot. So I mean, I kind of asked (for) that, you know. I asked my agent to just let me focus on the season,” Dugger informed the Herald. “So I may be wrong, but I haven’t really gotten into it.”
Last season, Dugger broke out with 78 tackles, three interceptions, together with two returned for touchdowns, a pressured fumble and one sack.
The Pats will kick off their 2023 marketing campaign Sunday in opposition to the Eagles at 4:25 p.m. in Gillette Stadium.