The Roanoke Times reports:
Agent Sunny Shah said Sunday night that Virginia inside linebacker Antonio Appleby from Virginia Beach has accepted a free-agent deal with the New England Patriots.
“We were in dialogue the whole time,” said Shah, who also represents UVa offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, a first-round pick.
“He was one of the first [free agents] they signed. He was a priority.”
I absolutely love this signing. He doesn’t have Gary Guyton speed, but is a real thumper inside and could be the developmental two-down (possibly three down as well) inside linebacker the Patriots are looking for. He may also be able to develop into an outside linebacker, because he has excellent size and strength.
After the draft, I wanted the Pats to pick up either Antonio Appleby or Frantz Joseph, and I’m glad they got one of them. The Appleby signing could solidify the future at inside linebacker, as the team now has four young players at the position.