The Patriots announced today that they have signed punter Brooks Banard to replace Ken Walter, who they released yesterday.
Barnard is from the University of Maryland, where he distinguished himself during the last two years as the leading punter in the ACC and as a semi-finalist for the Ray Guy Award. Banard holds a number of Maryland punting records, including the highest career punting average (43.7 yards per kick).
The Chicago Bears brought in Banard as an undrafted free agent earlier this year, and he did well during their training camp. He was a late cut from camp. The Patriots looked at a number of kickers in their quest to replace Walter, and finally settled on Banard.