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  • George R
    ***** Not much we can say about this beyond wait and see . As always, I trust BB s judgement. However, we don t know exactly what he has in mind. Is Beisel
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 8, 2005
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      ***** Not much we can say about this beyond "wait and see". As always, I trust BB's judgement. However, we don't know exactly what he has in mind. Is Beisel projected as a starter, or a STs/backup guy, as he was in KC? If he's the starter, we have no reason to jump for joy, since he hasn't exactly set the world on fire to this point in his career.
       
      ***** But it has to be listed as a positive move in my book. He is, at the very least, a capable veteran ILB. And we need depth there!
       
      George

      JSimpson@... wrote:
      Beisel chooses New England over former team


      By Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com




      With a nod toward their annual quest to assemble the NFL's deepest roster,
      but also as an insurance policy in the event Tedy Bruschi cannot play in
      2005, the New England Patriots late Thursday night reached a contract
      agreement with unrestricted free agent linebacker Monty Beisel.

      A four-year veteran who had played his entire career with the Kansas City
      Chiefs, Beisel will sign a two-year contract, financial details of which
      were not immediately available.

      The addition of Beisel, who visited with Pats club officials and coaches
      Tuesday, likely will fuel speculation that Bruschi will sit out at least
      the 2005 campaign. Like Bruschi, the versatile Beisel, 26, is a former
      college defensive end who moved to linebacker when he entered the league.

      Bruschi suffered what was described as a mild stroke two months ago and
      then reportedly underwent surgery last month to repair a small hole in his
      heart. Other than some remarks by coach Bill Belichick, suggesting that
      Bruschi has been a regular visitor to the Patriots complex in recent
      weeks, the franchise has offered little insight into his rehabilitation or
      the prospects that he will play in '05.

      While he lacks Bruschi's experience as a starter, Beisel does possess some
      similar skills to those of the New England standout, and the Patriots
      certainly have a record for taking players of his ilk and enhancing their
      production.

      Beisel is a very active player, moves well in space, and has demonstrated
      solid range. He possesses good diagnostic skills and an ability to get to
      the football. Those are traits that New England will need if Bruschi is
      sidelined.

      Until last season, Beisel, a Chiefs fourth-round selection in the 2001
      draft, never started a regular-season contest and had primarily been a
      special teams standout. But injuries to starting middle linebacker Mike
      Maslowski and backup Kawika Mitchell, and also to weakside starter Shawn
      Barber, forced Beisel into the lineup.

      He started five games at middle linebacker and four at right linebacker,
      finishing with a career-best 64 tackles, fourth highest on the Kansas City
      defense. He also had 2� sacks, a forced fumble, one fumble recovery and an
      interception. Before 2004, Beisel had just 22 tackles from scrimmage, one
      sack and no takeaways.

      The former Kansas State star has 58 special teams tackles in 55
      appearances.

      Beisel made recent visits to Pittsburgh and Green Bay, both of whom are
      attempting to add depth at linebacker. His Thursday night decision,
      however, eventually came down to contract proposals from New England and
      Kansas City.
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