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Patriots sign CB Chekwa, LB Freeny and DL Sheard


FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts — The New England Patriots have signed a cornerback after losing both of their starters on the opening day of free agency.

A day after saying goodbye to Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, the Patriots picked up cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, a 2011 fourth-round draft pick by the Oakland Raiders. New England also added defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard and linebacker Jonathan Freeny.

Chekwa, 26, played in 10 games last season, starting two.

Sheard, 25, played four seasons with the Cleveland Browns after they picked him in the second round of the 2011 draft. Freeny, 25, was a rookie free agent who has played three seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He has played in 44 games and has 15 tackles on defense and 22 special teams tackles.

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