April 1, 2023 12:37 am

The New England Patriots reportedly bolstered their unique teams unit on Friday.

Linebacker Chris Board — a preferred of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s — signed a two-year contract with the club, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero. The deal is worth up to $ six.7 million.

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Board starred on the Detroit Lions’ unique teams unit final season. Belichick raved about the 27-year-old ahead of their Week 7 matchup.

“Board, that is the most effective unique teams player we’ll play against all year,” Belichick mentioned. “He’s excellent. A excellent player.”

“He’s a really tough guy to matchup against. He has a excellent mixture of size and speed as nicely as knowledge, instincts, and methods. It really is all of the above. There are truly no weaknesses in the player. You have got to figure out how to deal with him. He’s noticed every little thing. He’s noticed every little thing.”

Unique teams was a weak spot for the Patriots in 2022, so Board really should bring a a lot-required enhance in that division. New England also lately re-signed veteran unique teamers Matthew Slater and Joe Cardona.


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