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Nate Ebner re-signs with the Patriots on a 2-year deal

The special teams guru will continue playing in New England.

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The former Olympian and two-time Super Bowl winner Nate Ebner has signed a two-year extension with the New England Patriots, according to Adam Schefter. The former Ohio State defensive back has found success in the NFL as a special teams player, ever since joining the Patriots’ squad in 2012.

After missing just seven games in his first five years in the NFL, Ebner had a string of injuries in 2017 that kept him sidelined, including a shoulder injury (Week 1 and 2) and a torn ACL in Week 12 that ended his season. In his nine games played last year, Ebner racked up eight special teams tackles — enough to lead the Patriots at the time of his injury.

His shortened season didn’t do much to cause concern for teams in free agency, with the former Olympic rugby player claiming a still-memorable 2016 season. He finished his second-team All-Pro year tied with Michael Thomas of the Dolphins for most special teams tackles (19) in the league.

The Buckeye already has two Super Bowl rings with the Patriots, and competed on the World’s biggest stage at the 2016 Rio Olympics. It’s safe to say he’s already accomplished a lot in his seven-year career, but he’s still got a lot left to give.

Buckeye Free Agents

Player Pos. Age Team STATUS
Player Pos. Age Team STATUS
Alex Boone G 30 ARI UFA
Nate Ebner FS 28 NE Re-signed (NE)
Johnathan Hankins DT 26 IND UFA
Carlos Hyde RB 26 SF Signed (CLE)
Jake McQuaide LS 30 LA Re-signed (LA)
Jack Mewhort G 26 IND Re-signed (IND)
Andrew Norwell G 26 CAR Signed (JAX)
Tyvis Powell S 23 SF ERFA
Terrelle Pryor WR 28 WAS Signed (NYJ)