After his agent refuted a report two days ago that the New England Patriots signed seventh-round linebacker Steve Beauharnais, ESPN Boston’s Field Yates reports that the Patriots have signed Beauharnais to a four year deal today, per a league source. Yates isn’t the only one reporting the deal, so it’s safe to say that the Patriots and Beauharnais have indeed agreed to terms. The deal reportedly has a maximum value of $2.207 million and a signing bonus of $47,592.
Beauharnais was the third Rutgers Scarlet Knights standout to be selected by the New England Patriots in the 2013 NFL Draft, and he was good value in the late seventh-round. The Patriots are getting a solid linebacker who is intelligent, has high character, and who looks like Tracy White’s replacement on the roster as a depth linebacker and special teams player.
A semifinalist for the Dick Butkus award last season, Beauharnais was one of the best linebackers in college football, and he had 82 tackles last season. Beauharnais also looks like a guy who could develop into a solid coverage linebacker, and that’s something the Patriots need with their LB depth.
Both Beauharnais and Rutgers teammate Duron Harmon are the only two Patriots rookie currently under contract, as Harmon signed his deal with the Pats two days ago. Harmon also received a four year deal.
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