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Jabaal Sheard | Defensive Lineman

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/10/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 260
College: Pittsburgh
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Patriots signed DE/OLB Jabaal Sheard to a two-year, $11 million contract with $5.5 million guaranteed.
The Pats were high on Sheard in the 2011 draft, and now they have him to enhance a pass rush that generated 40 sacks last season. Sheard stumbled as an outside linebacker in the Browns' 2014 defense, but has typically had success with his hand in the dirt, and isn't even 26 years old yet. Coach Bill Belichick should put him in the best position to succeed. ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss believes Sheard could be a three-down player. Sheard's best position has always been base 4-3 end, so this move may hint at the Patriots playing more 4-3, particularly after losing Vince Wilfork. Mar 11 - 6:51 PM

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Free agent OLB Jabaal Sheard is visiting the Patriots on Tuesday.

Sheard failed as a 3-4 outside linebacker last season, but would be tasked with getting after the passer in New England. He's also drawn interest from the Bucs, Bengals and Seahawks. Still only 26 (in May), Sheard won't be on the open market long.
Mar 10 - 7:40 PM

The Bucs, Bengals, Seahawks and Patriots are all reportedly in the running for free agent OLB Jabaal Sheard.

As a 26-year-old who has scheme versatility, Sheard has plenty of suitors. He's shown he can stuff the run as a 3-4 outside linebacker and get after the quarterback as a 4-3 end.
Mar 9 - 9:18 AM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi expects the Browns to let OLB Jabaal Sheard walk as a free agent.

Sheard posted a career-low two sacks as a 3-4 outside linebacker under first-year coach Mike Pettine this past season and is best-suited for a 4-3 defense with his hand in the dirt. Despite the poor pass-rushing numbers, Sheard was PFF's No. 2-ranked 3-4 outside 'backer in run defense. Just 26 (in May), Sheard should have a healthy market after posting 15.5 sacks his first two seasons.
Feb 11 - 8:38 AM

Browns OLB Jabaal Sheard (foot) is active for Week 12 against the Falcons.

It's extremely hard to believe, as coach Mike Pettine opined on Monday that Sheard could be out for the season. He'll almost certainly be on a snap count, and is at risk of re-injury. Either way, it's a boost for the Browns as they fight for their first playoff spot since 2002. Inactive for the Browns are TE Jordan Cameron, WR Rodney Smith, WR Marlon Moore, CB Pierre Desir, CB Robert Nelson, ILB Karlos Dansby and G/T Vinston Painter.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 11:37:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Browns OLB Jabaal Sheard doesn't need season-ending foot surgery and should be back "in a week or so."

Big news for the Browns. Coach Mike Pettine said Monday that Sheard's season may be over. After receiving a second opinion, it was determined Sheard doesn't need surgery. He hasn't posted big pass-rush numbers in a contract year, but has graded out as a top-three run-stopping 3-4 end over at Pro Football Focus. Barkevious Mingo will likely start Week 12 against Atlanta.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 09:08:00 AM

Speaking Monday, Browns coach Mike Pettine said OLB Jabaal Sheard (foot) could be done for the season.

Any time a coach admits a player is probably done, they're almost certainly done. It's a blow for the Browns, who are suddenly very banged up on defense. Sheard could be sent to injured reserve as early as this week. Pettine said Barkevious Mingo will see the biggest uptick in snaps in Sheard's absence.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 04:18:00 PM

Browns OLB Jabaal Sheard left Sunday's Week 11 game with an ankle injury.

He was deemed doubtful to return, which isn't a good sign. The Browns will use Paul Kruger and Keke Mingo as their primary outside linebackers.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 03:25:00 PM

Walk-year OLB Jabaal Sheard's player rep says he's had "extensive" long-term talks with the Browns, but that the sides are "not close yet."

The No. 37 overall pick of the 2011 draft is currently due just $994,125 in the final year of his rookie contract. Coming off a huge season, Sheard's numbers could shoot up even more in 2014 as he rushes the passer more for new coach Mike Pettine. Sheard could be well served by betting on himself, but would then be in danger of getting franchise tagged next offseason.
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 09:30:00 PM

Browns OLB Jabaal Sheard said he and the team have discussed a contract extension.

Sheard, 25, is entering the final year of his rookie deal after grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 10 3-4 outside linebacker last season. Sheard has started 45 of a possible 48 games since being the 37th overall pick in 2011, and has 21 career sacks. It might be in the best interest of Sheard to bet on himself. He's playing the Mario Williams role for new coach Mike Pettine, rushing the passer more. Pettine has a tendency to coax career years out of defenders.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 02:42:00 PM

Browns head coach Mike Pettine sees plenty of upside in OLB Jabaal Sheard.

"Jabaal Sheard is a guy that’s kind of under the NFL radar,'' said Pettine. "He’s a guy that plays that position violently. I’m very much looking forward to getting him in.'' Sheard played 663 snaps last season rotating with Barkevious Mingo. With Mingo expected to see an expanded role this season, Sheard will likely again be a rotational player.
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 10:59:00 AM

Browns OLB Jabaal Sheard (knee) is active for Week 7 against the Packers.

The Cleveland inactives are LB Brandon Magee, OLs Patrick Lewis, Martin Wallace, and Garrett Gilkey, TE Keavon Milton, and DL Billy Winn. Sheard will return to play in a rotation with Barkevious Mingo and Paul Kriuger.
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 03:09:00 PM

Browns OLB Jabaal Sheard (knee) is listed as probable for Week 7.

The Browns have been playing top-seven defense even with Sheard on the shelf, and coach Rob Chudzinski isn't committing to immediately reinserting him into the starting lineup. Cleveland will likely use an imposing rotation of Sheard, Keke Mingo, and Paul Kruger going forward. This is a legit big-time defense.
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 12:35:00 PM

Browns OLB Jabaal Sheard (knee) is inactive for Week 6 against the Lions.

Sheard will miss his third straight game, with Barkevious Mingo making another start. The rest of the Browns inactives are DE Billy Winn, WR Charles Johnson, LG Garrett Gilkey, TE Keavon Milton, OL Patrick Lewis, and RT Martin Wallace. OLB Quentin Groves (ankle) is active after missing the last three weeks.
Sun, Oct 13, 2013 11:42:00 AM

Browns OLB Jabaal Sheard (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Week 6 against the Lions.

He was limited in practice all week and will likely be a game-time decision. Sheard's absence is a reminder that Cleveland is playing top-five defense even without its front seven at full strength. If the Lions don't have Calvin Johnson active or at 100 percent, Sunday could be a long day for their offense.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 01:06:00 PM

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