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Jabaal Sheard | Linebacker

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/10/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 264
College: Pittsburgh
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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. Jul 17 - 9:30 PM

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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.
Jun 10 - 2:42 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.
Apr 11 - 10:59 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

Browns declared OLB Jabaal Sheard, QB Brandon Weeden, OLB Quentin Groves, OL Martin Wallace, OG Shawn Lauvao, DE Billy Winn, and TE Keavon Milton for Week 4 against the Bengals.

Barkevious Mingo will get the start against Cincinnati. With Lauvao (ankle) still sidelined, the Browns will start Oniel Cousins at right guard again.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 11:40:00 AM

Browns OLB Jabaal Sheard (knee) is listed as doubtful for Week 4.

Sheard's knee sprain has the look of a multi-week injury. Rookie Barkevious Mingo has added explosive edge-rushing to Cleveland's defense off the bench early in the season, and will now get an opportunity to be a starter.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 02:06:00 PM

Browns DC Ray Horton says Jabaal Sheard's transition to 3-4 stand-up edge rusher has been "fantastic."

"He was one of the surprises of OTAs and minicamp for me," Horton said. "He transitioned from left to right and now we’re playing him on both sides. ... He’s really going to be a versatile player where I can use him to move him around and use his skill to the best of his ability." Although there were initial concerns about Sheard's ability to make the switch, he'd be a starter opposite Paul Kruger at outside 'backer if the season started today.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 02:29:00 PM

The Browns have thus far been "extremely pleased" with Jabaal Sheard's conversion from defensive end to outside linebacker.

"If the season opened tomorrow," Sheard and Paul Kruger would be Cleveland's starting outside 'backers with Barkevious Mingo and Quentin Groves coming off the bench. We still wouldn't rule out a pre-Week 1 trade involving Sheard if Mingo proves capable of playing all three downs in training camp. For now, though, the Browns look awfully deep at a crucial position in their new 3-4 defense.
Sun, Jul 7, 2013 09:47:00 AM

Browns DE/OLB Jabaal Sheard may be relegated to a "rotational sub off the bench" following the Barkevious Mingo pick.

The Browns were expected to shop Sheard during the draft, but either found no takers or simply decided to keep him. Sheard is signed cheaply through 2014, so perhaps Cleveland will trade him next offseason, before his contract expires. Paul Kruger is locked in at strong-side linebacker. Sheard and Mingo will battle to rush off the weak side. Top-six picks don't typically ride the pine.
Fri, May 3, 2013 07:14:00 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi believes the Browns will trade one of OLB/DE Jabaal Sheard or DE/DT Ahtyba Rubin.

Sheard and Rubin aren't believed to be great fits for the new 3-4 scheme, and both players are young and skilled enough to bring back some value. Sheard, 24 next month, has 15.5 sacks in his two seasons. Rubin, 26, goes 6-foot-2 and 330 pounds, and he is strong versus the run with a bit of pass rush skill. The Browns are without a second-round pick, so that's likely the asking price.
Sun, Apr 14, 2013 10:12:00 AM

New Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski believes Jabaal Sheard is capable of making the transition from 4-3 end to 3-4 outside linebacker.

"It’s something he’s done some," Chudzinski said. "Obviously that will be something he’ll learn and keep working on. I know that (in the 2011 draft) there were a lot of 3-4 teams that were interested in him as well." Sheard did line up with his hand off the ground as an outside linebacker on 161-of-1016 snaps last season, but that number will obviously be much higher in 2013. With his new position designation, Sheard's IDP value will take a significant hit. Rush outside linebackers tend to produce poorly in most fantasy scoring systems.
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 09:24:00 AM

New Browns DC Ray Horton hasn't decided how he'll use DE Jabaal Sheard in his 3-4 system.

It's been assumed Sheard will make the transition to outside linebacker. "Jabaal is a guy that I have seen on film that can rush the quarterback and is athletic," Horton said. "What we are going to do as a coaching staff is put each one of our guys in the best position. … He can be a linebacker, he can be (an end). I want him to tell me what he can do best and not put a label on what he is." Horton has said he isn't married to a 3-4 front, but Sheard is still likely to see the majority of his snaps at linebacker. Coming off a promising rookie campaign, Sheard took a step back in 2012, so a position switch might not be the worst thing.
Tue, Jan 29, 2013 08:06:00 PM

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