FOXBORO — Two kickoff returns from the Buffalo Bills kept the Patriots out of the playoffs last year. New England’s latest signing proves they’re trying to flip special teams from a weakness to a strength.
The Patriots have signed special teams ace Chris Board to a two-year deal, according to reports. The deal with worth a maximum value of $6.7 million but he is unlikely to be paid that full amount.
The #Patriots are signing LB Chris Board to a two-year deal worth up to $6.7 million, per source. Another special-teams star getting paid in New England.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 17, 2023
Board, 27, was a crucial factor on special teams for the Lions in 2022.
Before their Week 5 matchup against Detroit, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick singled out Board for his contributions.
“That’s the best special teams player we’ll play against all year. He’s a great, great player,” Belichick said.
Another signing on the board for the Patriots: LB Chris Board, 2 years, maximum value of $6.7 million.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) March 17, 2023
Here is Bill Belichick on Board (Lions) last season after calling him the best special teams player NE would face: pic.twitter.com/J4tPQa0KDN
Can see why Belichick called LB Chris Board (who visited the Patriots today) the best special teamer they'd face all last season— Taylor Kyles (@tkyles39) March 16, 2023
The man is a demon pic.twitter.com/4CCr9WeJpK
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