***** 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!
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
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
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
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
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
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