Chung will have another procedure in about
three weeks to clean up a shoulder issue that bothered him for most of the season, Howe adds.
The 31-year-old will likely miss organized team activities but should return in time for training camp.
Chung played 15 games in the regular season, recording one interception and 84 combined tackles. He made two solo tackles in the Patriots' Super Bowl LIII victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
The veteran will carry a cap hit of $3.6 million in 2019 and 2020.