NFL rumors: Patriots to sign special teams ace Justin Bethel

Nick Goss

The New England Patriots value special teams more than any other franchise in the NFL, so we shouldn't be surprised that they hosted a premier special teams player for a visit Tuesday.

UPDATE (5:33 p.m. ET): The Patriots are signing special teams star Justin Bethel, per NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. 

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ESPN's Field Yates has reported that former Baltimore Ravens defensive back Justin Bethel met with the defending Super Bowl champions.

Bethel played in all seven of the Ravens' games before their Week 8 bye. He primarily played on special teams, where he saw more than 80 percent of his total snaps. The 29-year-old veteran played the first seven years of his pro career with the Arizona Cardinals, who selected him in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Bethel earned three Pro Bowl selections and two All-Pro first team nods as a special teams star with the Cardinals. The Patriots recently brought back safety Jordan Richards, and all of his snaps over the last two games have come on special teams. 

ESPN's Mike Reiss reported the Patriots had two other players in for workouts Tuesday, including an offensive tackle and a wide receiver.

The Patriots, who beat the New York Jets 33-0 on Monday night to improve to 7-0, host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday for a Week 8 matchup at Gillette Stadium.

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