Patriots To Add Veteran Linebacker

<P>Breaking news from last night. Chiefs middle linebacker Monty Beisel has agreed to join the New England Patriots. Beisel who filled in for an injured Chiefs linebacker unit in 2004 was fielding interest from teams like Green Bay, Pittsburgh and his former team, Kansas City. </P><P>Beisel has decided to that Foxboro was the place he wants to be. More on Beisel inside.</P>

Patriots Add Veteran Linebacker
Beisel added for insurance
By Patriots Insider Staff

FOXBORO - Confirming news from earlier in the week, it appears that Monty Beisel,6-3, 238 pounds former Kansas City starting MLB has agreed to join the New England Patriots as of late Thursday night.

Reports indicate that Beisel has agreed to a deal which will bring him to Foxboro for a chance to compete for a starting job if the team's normal starter, Tedy Bruschi, is not be able to return for the 2005 season.

Beisel, a Kansas State alum, played all three linebacker positions in 11 games for the Chiefs last year when starters Shawn Barber and Mike Maslowski were sidelined with injury.

The Chiefs signed Kendrell Bell, formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers in an effort to shore up one of the worst defenses in the league. Kansas City's defense was 31st overall, 12th vs the run and last (32nd) against the pass in 2004.

Bell's signing and the return of Barber and Maslowski made re-signing Beisel less of a priority for the Chiefs.

Beisel's addition puts him squarely in a position to add depth to a depleted linebacker unit. With Matt Chatham and Tully Banta-Cain the only reserves on the roster with with any playing experience on the outside, apart from Rosevelt Colvin, the team fills a need at what was once considered a deep position.

Beisel is expected to play on the inside where special teams ace Larry Izzo and versatile veteran Don Davis also figure into the mix. Beisel's experience at playing on the inside and outside positions gives the team some options should it become necessary to move bodies around due to injury as it was last season.

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