By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The New England Patriots aren’t going through a total changeover at linebacker this free agency, as the team confirmed the re-signing of Shilique Calhoun to an undisclosed contract on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old Calhoun, who signed with the Patriots last May after spending the first three seasons of his career with the Oakland Raiders, appeared in 15 games for the Patriots last year. Among the highlights for Calhoun? The 6-foot-4 linebacker made his first NFL start in the season-opener vs. Pittsburgh, and finished 2019 with nine tackles and one forced fumble. Calhoun also appeared in New England’s playoff loss to the Titans, but did not register any stats by the night’s end.
Calhoun’s new deal with the Patriots comes just days after the team signed linebacker Brandon Copeland away from the Jets, and bucks the trend of 2019 Patriot linebackers bolting for greener pastures, as the team lost both Jamie Collins (to Detroit) and Kyle Van Noy (to Miami) on paydays the Patriots either couldn’t or wouldn’t match.
A third-round draft pick in 2016, Calhoun has totaled 33 total tackles, half a sack, forced two fumbles and defended one pass in 41 career NFL games.
With Calhoun re-signed for another go with the Pats, offensive linemen James Ferentz and Marshall Newhouse, as well as kicker Nick Folk, are the lone remaining members of the team’s 2020 free agent class.