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Thomas, Chung leave New England as free agency begins

The New England Patriots saw the departures of a pair of players on the first day of free agency, as reserve guard Donald Thomas signed with Indianapolis and safety Patrick Chung landed with college Coach Chip Kelly in Philadelphia.

Adding the 6-4, 305-pound Thomas at guard could help firm up the Colts’ interior line. Thomas, Miami’s sixth-round pick in 2008, has started 21 career games including seven last season with New England and will now work with right guard Mike McGlynn, who played well after Indianapolis General Manager Ryan Grigson signed him in free agency last year.

Chung, a second-round pick in 2009, saw his playing time deteriorate with the Patriots last season. After starting 21 of the 22 games he played between 2010 and ’11, Chung started only seven last year, and was on the field for only two snaps in the AFC championship game. The Eagles announced the deal yesterday.

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