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49ers special teamer Bubba Ventrone to join Patriots staff

Bubba Ventrone, who provided a spark to the 49ers special teams the last two seasons, will spend the upcoming season as the assistant special teams coach for the Patriots, New England announced today.

Ventrone, 32, got his NFL start with New England as an undrafted rookie in 2005. He bounced around the league from that point forth, often following special teams coordinator Brad Seely, whom the 49ers hired in 2011.

Ventrone joined the 49ers in 2013, and along with fellow veteran Kassim Osgood, he helped stabilize a special teams that struggled the year before, including in the Super Bowl. Last year, Ventrone didn’t make the initial 49ers squad. But he again was brought back when the special teams units fell flat.

Ventrone was scheduled free agency. Osgood also will be a free agent next week.

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