After reportedly losing three players during Tuesday’s free-agency frenzy, the New England Patriots reportedly are re-signing one of their own.
The Patriots are signing safety/special teamer Nate Ebner to a two-year contract extension before free agency officially begins Wednesday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Ebner suffered a knee injury in November that prematurely ended his 2017 season.
The 29-year-old first came to the Patriots as a sixth-round pick in 2012. He was named a second-team All-Pro special teamer in 2016. He was on the Patriots’ Super Bowl XLIX and LI winning teams.
He has 74 tackles and a forced fumble in six seasons with the Patriots. He had eight tackles before his knee injury, which occurred when he was running the football on a fake punt, in 2017.
Ebner also played on the U.S. rugby sevens team that finished in ninth place at the 2016 Summer Olympics.