Jabaal Sheard was selected 37th overall in the 2011 draft. (NFL Game Rewind)
When Jabaal Sheard signed with the New England Patriots last week, the edge-rusher got to where he thought he was heading all along in the 2011 draft.
“I visited there coming into my rookie year and I thought I was going to be drafted there honestly coming out as a rookie,” the 26-year-old Sheard said on a conference call with the media Friday.
Sheard met with the Patriots once again when free agency opened last week, and became a member of the team on two-year, $11 million deal soon after. But the 6-foot-3, 264-pound ex-Cleveland Brown was very close to becoming one four years prior.
Stevie Johnson visited the Patriots to start free agency’s second week. (NFL Game Rewind)
The first wave of NFL free agency crashed down on the New England Patriots, seeing the likes of Shane Vereen, Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner head into shore with the New York Giants, New York Jets and New Orleans Saints, respectively.
But now, a week out, it’s time to revisit where head coach Bill Belichick, director of player personnel Nick Caserio and the Patriots stand.
It’s time to see what’s been retained, added and subtracted from the roster. And also, what’s remaining heading into the second week.
Jabaal Sheard played his first four NFL seasons with the Browns. (NFL Game Rewind)
The New England Patriots found an edge on Wednesday, signing former Cleveland Browns pass-rusher Jabaal Sheard to a two-year, $11 million deal, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.
Sheard was in town for a free-agent visit before agreeing to terms with New England. His contract includes a base salary of $1 million in 2015 and $4 million in 2016, with a $1 million roster bonus due for both years.
Former Browns edge-rusher Jabaal Sheard will visit New England. (NFL Game Rewind)
After reportedly expressing interest in former Cleveland Browns edge-rusher Jabaal Sheard earlier this week, the New England Patriots are hosting the free agent Tuesday night, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
A 6-foot-3, 264-pound defensive end slash outside linebacker, Sheard was drafted by the Browns in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft. The Pittsburgh product has since started 50 of his 61 games, recording 190 tackles, 23 sacks, 12 pass breakups and seven forced fumbles.
Free agent Jabaal Sheard has drawn interest from New England. (NFL Game Rewind)
According to Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports, the New England Patriots are one of four teams in the running for the services of former Cleveland Brown Jabaal Sheard.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks and Cincinnati Bengals are also interested in the 25-year-old defensive end slash outside linebacker, now set to become an unrestricted free agent March 10.