Patriots signing Justin Bethel

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The Patriots added a piece to their offense on Tuesday by trading for wide receiver Mohamed Sanu and they added a piece to their special teams later in the day.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the team has signed former Cardinals, Falcons and Ravens cornerback Justin Bethel.

Bethel visited the Patriots on Tuesday, one day after he was released by the Ravens. The team said the reason for Bethel’s release was to ensure that the team received a fourth-round compensatory draft choice next spring.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said at the time of the release that he believes Bethel is the best special teams player in the league. He’s been named to two All-Pro teams and three Pro Bowls for his work in that area and will work in that capacity for the 7-0 Patriots as well.

34 responses to “Patriots signing Justin Bethel

  1. howie roseman worst gm in sports gets rid of a superbowl mvp who put up 41 points vs belichick and has never had a losing season as an eagle and has won tons of playoff games for a cancer who has 3 out of 4 losing seasons has never won a playoff game is 6-20 vs teams over 500

  2. danny woodson says:

    belichick > pederson
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    But the players have a lot more fun playing for Pederson. Didn’t you see the Philly players joking and laughing on the sideline Sunday night?

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    Does this mean Pats release Jordan Richards to make room for Justin Bethel? Who goes to make room for Sanu? Who goes if N’Keal Harry, who is now practicing and/or Isaiah Wynn, James Develin come off IR?

  3. So Bethel sounds a hell of a lot better than a 4th round compensatory pick, If there is no more to the story than this was stupid by the Ravens. What are the odds a 4th round pick will be better..slim…

  4. Why would you release “the best special teams player in the league” – at 29 surely such a guy is worth more to you than letting him go for a comp pick after the 4th rd? I’d keep him.

  5. There’s a signing just to get some insight into the Raven’s playbook. Bill must be a little nervous about playing Baltimore.

  6. Initially thought this said “Patriots signing Justin Bieber”. Wondered what position he would play, but chalked it up to “Bill will find a spot for him I’m sure”.

    Gonna go take a nap now.

  7. Watch Harbs presser when he announced the move, he was not happy. DeCosta made the move but I’m willing to give DeCosta the benefit of the doubt here since he has been playing 4th dimensional chess while other GM’s are in the mud with sticks playing tic tac toe. If DeCosta thinks a 4th round pick is worth more than a older strictly special teamer I believe him.

  8. Justin Bethel and Mathew Slatter on Special Teams.Why do NFL teams allow this to keep happening There has to be a stop to this.Its like my nephew and his friends had a Bully problem with the same kid Instead of each trying to figure out what to do they collectively worked together to put a stop to it and it actually worked.Not that Hard

  9. You can get special teams players anywhere, even though Bethel is considered one of the best. I bet if you called every team in the league and offered a 4th round pick for their gunner, they’d make the deal right then and there. Belichick is just taking advantage, showing how big of a gap there is between him and whoever is second.

  10. “Another bust.”

    Lol so a guy whose considered possibly the best at what is considered a crucial job on most teams is a “bust” just because he’s on the Pats now?

    Hilarious. Its a shame some people are actually allowed to comment on the internet when all they do is embarrass themselves constantly

  11. A calculated move by the Ravens. I am sure they knew the Pats will sign him immediately.
    The hoodie is playing mind games with the Ravens. Signing a Special Teams Ace who was just released by an AFC opponent you are plying in 2 weeks, while solidifying your special teams and gaining inside info on the Ravens ST schemes seems like a brilliant move. The Ravens did not think Bethel’s value warranted sacrificing a compensatory 4th round pick.I guess we’ll have to wait and see how it’s going to turn out. My guess, the Ravens will probably retaliate and sign someone from the Patriots practice squad to the Ravens 53 men roster by the end of this week. It’s going to be fun to watch…

  12. “Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said at the time of the release that he believes Bethel is the best special teams player in the league … the reason for Bethel’s release was to ensure that the team received a fourth-round compensatory draft choice next spring.”

    There are at least one and maybe two LIES in the above.

  13. “Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said at the time of the release that he believes Bethel is the best special teams player in the league … the reason for Bethel’s release was to ensure that the team received a fourth-round compensatory draft choice next spring.”

    Are you guys getting how ignorant this is? Throw away the ‘best special teams player in the league’ for a comp 4th round pick next year? Please, child.

  14. danny woodson says:
    October 22, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    howie roseman worst gm in sports gets rid of a superbowl mvp who put up 41 points vs belichick and has never had a losing season as an eagle and has won tons of playoff games for a cancer who has 3 out of 4 losing seasons has never won a playoff game is 6-20 vs teams over 500

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    Outside of Roseman/Pederson’s egos spiraling out of control and being overrated, what did you just say?

  15. branisthekingofthe6kingdoms says:
    October 22, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    A calculated move by the Ravens. I am sure they knew the Pats will sign him immediately.
    The hoodie is playing mind games with the Ravens. Signing a Special Teams Ace who was just released by an AFC opponent you are plying in 2 weeks, while solidifying your special teams and gaining inside info on the Ravens ST schemes seems like a brilliant move. The Ravens did not think Bethel’s value warranted sacrificing a compensatory 4th round pick.I guess we’ll have to wait and see how it’s going to turn out. My guess, the Ravens will probably retaliate and sign someone from the Patriots practice squad to the Ravens 53 men roster by the end of this week. It’s going to be fun to watch…

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    BB chess, Cheatbaugh, checkers.

  16. jchemengr says:
    October 22, 2019 at 6:43 pm
    Anyone know what moves they are making to open up two roster spots?
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    How about we just wait to find out unless your churning your fantasy roster.

  17. Football God says:
    October 22, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Justin Bethel and Mathew Slatter on Special Teams.Why do NFL teams allow this to keep happening There has to be a stop to this.Its like my nephew and his friends had a Bully problem with the same kid Instead of each trying to figure out what to do they collectively worked together to put a stop to it and it actually worked.Not that Hard

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    You are missing the point here.

    So many NFL teams think they have all the answers in building a winner and ignore how NE does it, so every time another team becomes arrogant, thinking they have built one, make 1-2 big contractual mistakes, it whittles down another good player who gets squeezed off a team as a small piece to fall into BB’s lap.

    Hint: Take teambuilding seriously in the Cap NFL. It’s hard to do, but once you hit on all the components, you can maintain year to year and you don’t need a Brady to do it either.

    Cutie pie Whinebaugh thinks he’s being smart by picking up a comp pick here since the team is so devoid of talented depth, he’s likely just served up another key midseason piece BB added. BB did this last year with Ramon Humber and Albert McClellan where two small moves improved their STs a lot.

  18. This might mean the Gunner Olshesky era is coming to an end.

    Or just going back to normal schedule. Remember, Edelman just kind of hung around his first couple years not doing a whole lot.

  19. BB chess, Cheatbaugh, checkers.
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    Funny a Patriots fan accusing Harbaugh of cheating! LOL. Cute!

  20. Classic move by the Patriots. Signing a player just so they can pick his brain to gain insight on his former team’s playbook because they play them soon. Cheating? Only Patriots homers think it isn’t.

  21. I can just imagine Belicheat to Bethel, “Just tell them you forgot some of your things and go back in there and grab Harbaugh’s playbook. Heck, there’s no specific rule against it!”

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