New England Patriots

Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore (20) avoids the tackle attempt of New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

After losing Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, and Elandon Roberts to free agency last week, the Patriots have begun adding at the linebacker position.

Sunday afternoon, the Boston Globe’s Jim McBride reported the team is signing former New York Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland.

The details of the contract have not yet been released.

Last season Copeland played 12 games for New York, starting three. He recorded 42 tackles, five for a loss, and picked up 1.5 sacks.

The 28-year-old entered the league in 2013 as a UDFA out of Penn. After getting cut from his rookie camp with the Baltimore ravens Ravens, he spent his first two years on the Tennessee Titans practice squad. He received his first NFL snaps with the Detroit Lions in 2015. After three years there, he signed with the Jets before the 2018 season.

UPDATE: Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal is reporting it is a one-year deal for Copeland.

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