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Patriots sign CB Chimdi Chekwa, LB Jonathan Freeny and DL Jabaal Sheard

Posted Mar 12, 2015

The Patriots announced the signings of free agents CB Chimdi Chekwa, LB Jonathan Freeny and DL Jabaal Sheard.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed free agents CB Chimdi Chekwa (CHIM-dee CHECK-wah), LB Jonathan Freeny and unrestricted free agent DL Jabaal Sheard (juh-BALL SHEERD). Terms of the contracts were not announced.

Chekwa, 26, is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the Oakland Raiders after joining the team as a fourth-round draft pick (113th overall) in 2011 out of Ohio State. The 6-foot, 190-pounder, was a key contributor on special teams, playing in 32 games with four starts and registering 32 tackles and 15 special teams tackles. After being limited to four games as a rookie in 2011, he began the 2012 season on the practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster in December for the final three games. Last season, Chekwa, played in 10 games with two starts and tallied five tackles and a team-leading nine special teams tackles.

Freeny, 25, is a veteran of three NFL seasons with the Miami Dolphins after originally joining the team as a rookie free agent in 2011 out of Rutgers and spending that season on the practice squad. The 6-foot-2, 254-pounder, has played in 44 NFL games and has 15 tackles on defense and 22 special teams tackles. Last season, he played 12 games with the Dolphins as a reserve linebacker and on special teams and finished with 15 tackles on defense and 10 special teams tackles.

Sheard, 25, is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns after joining the team as a second-round draft pick (37th overall) in 2011 out of Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-3, 264-pounder, has played in 61 games with 50 starts and has registered 190 total tackles, 23 sacks, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He was named to the PFWA All-Rookie team in 2011 when he had 55 tackles, a team-leading 8½ sacks and five forced fumbles.

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