After two season on the 49ers' special teams unit, Ray "Bubba" Ventrone took a job as an assistant special teams coach with the Patriots on Tuesday.
On Friday, the 28-year-old got a shout-out from his former coach, Jim Harbaugh.
Congrats to Bubba Ventrone, hired as special teams assistant with Patriots. Great Player! Great Teammate! Great Person will be a Great Coach— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) March 6, 2015
The Patriots promoted Joe Judge to special-teams coach after Scott O'Brien announced his retirement following the Patriots' Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
Ventrone was second on the 49ers in special-teams tackles in 2013. Last season, he appeared in just eight games. Ventrone originally signed with the Patriots as an undrafted rookie from Villanova in 2005. He played three seasons with the Patriots.
During his nine-year NFL career, he also played for the New York Jets for one season and the Cleveland Browns from 2009 to 2012. Ventrone was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent with the 49ers this offseason.