Adrian Phillips is an American football safety for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He wears the number 21 jersey.
He played college football in Texas and joined the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2014. During the 2018 season, he earned Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors. Phillips joined the Patriots in 2020.
Phillips played for the Texas Longhorns from 2010 to 2013. He played in 50 games, starting 28. He was a 2013 honorable mention All-Big 12 coaches’ choice. Phillips had 206 career tackles and was a team captain in the 2013 season.
On March 15, 2019, Phillips re-signed with the Chargers. He entered the season as a starting safety following an injury to Derwin James.
He suffered a broken arm in Week 2 and was placed on injured reserve on September 17, 2019. He was designated for return from injured reserve on November 14, 2019, and began practicing with the team again.
He was activated on November 30. On March 21, 2020, the New England Patriots signed Phillips to a two-year, $6 million contract that includes $3 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $1.50 million.
Phillips made his debut with the Patriots in Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins. During the game, Phillips intercepted a pass thrown by Ryan Fitzpatrick in the 21–11 win. In Week 15 against the Miami Dolphins, Phillips recorded his first career sack on Tua Tagovailoa during the 22–12 loss.
In Week 8 of the 2021 season, Phillips had three tackles and two interceptions, including a 26-yard pick-six, in a 27-24 win over his former team, the Chargers, earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week. On January 1, 2022, Phillips signed a three-year contract extension with the Patriots.