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Patriots re-sign punter Jake Bailey to a four-year extension

Jake Bailey was selected by the Patriots in the fifth round of the 2019 draft.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — Punter Jake Bailey was all smiles after practice Monday, the day news broke that he had agreed to a four-year, $13.5 million contract extension with the Patriots.

“I’m just happy and blessed that I get a few more years here,” he said.

Bailey, who turned 25 in June, was entering the final year of his rookie deal and set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Now, he’ll be under contract through 2025.

“Any time there’s uncertainty, it’s always something in the back of your head,” Bailey said. “But in our position, you have to be able to compartmentalize and go on the field and execute. If you’re not able to do that with whatever is distracting you, you’re not going to play for very long.”

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The extension makes Bailey the third-highest-paid punter in the NFL, behind Washington’s Tress Way and Seattle’s Michael Dickson. He called the moment “a huge milestone” in his life.

Bailey certainly would have had a market if he hit free agency, but re-signing with the Patriots was his preference. He listed coach Bill Belichick, his teammates, and the community as reasons why he wanted to stay in New England.

Jake Bailey smiles as he signs autographs Monday at training camp.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

“This is always the first option,” Bailey said. “You want to stay with what you know and what’s comfortable to you. I’m so happy this is what worked out.”

After getting drafted out of Stanford in the fifth round in 2019, Bailey beat out incumbent Ryan Allen for the starting job. He quickly established himself as one of the best punters in the league, earning first-team All-Pro honors in 2020 — the year he led the NFL in average net yards per punt (45.6).

Tackle is very guarded

If offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn knows the reason why he switched sides on the line of the scrimmage, he’s not sharing it.

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Wynn, who lined up at left tackle for his first four NFL seasons, has moved to the right side this year, trading places with Trent Brown. Asked if the coaches told him why they changed his position, Wynn wouldn’t say.

“It ain’t got nothing to do with me,” he said. “I’m wherever they need me to be.”

So, the coaches haven’t explained the move?

“I’m wherever they need me to be,” he said again.

Wynn continued to repeat that line when asked for more information behind the decision.

When coach Bill Belichick was asked about the change in June, he also did not share much.

“We build our depth in training camp and in the spring and we will see what we need in the fall,” Belichick said at the time. “I don’t know.”

Welcome back

The Patriots welcomed three defensive players back to practice. Cornerback Jonathan Jones (shoulder) and safety Jabrill Peppers (knee) returned off the physically unable to perform list, while Myles Bryant was activated off the non-football injury list . . . Former Patriots safety Patrick Chung was a special guest at Monday’s practice.


Nicole Yang can be reached at nicole.yang@globe.com.Follow her on Twitter @nicolecyang.