The New England Patriots will reportedly sign the former Cleveland Browns linebacker/defensive end to a two-year deal.

By SI Wire
March 11, 2015

The New England Patriots will sign former Cleveland Browns linebacker and defensive end Jabaal Sheard to a two-year deal, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday evening.

Schefter previously reported that the 25-year-old Sheard would visit New England on Tuesday night. According to Schefter, Sheard's deal will pay him $11 million — $5.5 million of it guaranteed — over two years.

[]The Browns picked Sheard in the second-round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and during his four years in Cleveland, Sheard split time between the linebacker and defensive end positions. He has recorded 190 tackles, 23 sacks, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 61 career games.

He appeared in all 16 games in three of his seasons with the Browns, playing in only 13 during the 2013 season.

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The Patriots finished the 2014 season with a 12-4 record, defeating the Seattle Seahawks to win New England's fourth Super Bowl since 2001. New England's defense was No. 8 in points allowed and No. 13 in yards allowed and closed out the season ranked No. 1 in point differential.

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