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Report: Pats Close to Deals with Rookies Chung and Ingram’s Christopher Price reports that the Pats are closing in on deals with a couple more rookies, second-round pick Patrick Chung, and sixth-round pick Jake Ingram. Here’s part of what Price wrote today:

With less than a week before rookies are scheduled to report for training camp, the Patriots have nine of their 12 draft picks in the fold. But even though all dozen aren’t yet present and accounted for, according to league sources, there is real optimism that they’ll all be ready to go when needed.

Of the Patriots’ NFL-high 12 picks, as of Monday evening, only second-round pick Patrick Chung, third-round selection Tyrone McKenzie and sixth-round pick Jake Ingram remain unsigned. A reported season-ending knee injury at rookie minicamp makes McKenzie’s contract less of an issue. But as for Chung and Ingram, while the two aren’t yet officially inked, apparently there’s little reason for concern with either of them.

Chung, a second-round draftee out of Oregon, was the 34th overall selection this past April and the first player taken by New England. (He was taken with the pick the Patriots obtained from Kansas City in exchange for quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel.) Reportedly, he’s been working out back in Oregon with fellow alum Max Unger, and sources indicate the safety is likely looking at a four-year deal, one that will come before the beginning of camp.

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