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2016 NFL Free Agency: Patriots Sign S Nate Ebner to a 2-year Deal

The New England Patriots continue their unsexy free agency period with a 2-year contract with special teams stud Nate Ebner. The writing was on the wall for an extension after fellow safety Tavon Wilson signed a contract with the Detroit Lions.

The Patriots have been extremely quiet this offseason, signing contracts with Bills 4th string wide receiver Chris Hogan (he moved up to wide receiver #3 after an injury to Percy Harvin), special teams linebacker Ramon Humber, and Washington defensive tackle and human roster Yo-Yo Frank Kearse.

Ebner is unsexy, but he's valuable as the Patriots will continue to field one of the most consistently good special teams units in the NFL. Ebner joins Matthew Slater, Jonathan Freeny, Brandon Bolden, and rising sophomore Brandon King to provide one of the best coverage groups in the league.