KENNEWICK -- The Tri-Cities Fever has been busy in November revamping its roster.
Fever coach Adam Shackleford signed linebacker Jason Beauchamp last week.
Beauchamp, who led the Mountain West Conference in tackles in 2009 at UNLV, is what Shackleford says in a key piece to his defense for the 2011 season
"Jason exemplifies what we are looking for in a football player," Shackleford said. "On the field, he is as dominant as they come and off the field he has tremendous character. We are certain that he will make an immediate impact for us."
Beauchamp was invited to the 2010 NFL combined and signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints.
Beauchamp (6-foot-3, 235 pounds) is latest of big signings for the Fever as Shackleford continues to assemble his 2011 roster. In the past two weeks he has added nine players.
The Fever has also re-signed offensive lineman Kenneth Ackerman (6-foot-3, 295 pounds. Ackerman played a key role on the offensive line for the Fever in 2010.
The Fever also also added defensive tackle Brandon Daniel (6-4, 330) and receiver Jackie Chambers (5-10, 186).
Daniel, who played at the University of Florida, most recently played for the Rochester Raiders of the IFL. Last season, he played in nine games and recorded 13 tackles for the Raiders.
Chambers, who was a standout for Lane College after transferring from South Florida, most recently was under contract with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.
The Fever added receiver Akamu Aki (6-foot, 190 pounds), who is from Weber State. Aki played for the Utah Blaze in the Arena Football League last season, and had 32 catches for 392 yards in a season that was cut short by injury.
The Fever also added defensive back Anthony Wiseman (5-9, 185 pounds).
Wiseman was a standout at Maryland who signed a free agent contract with the New York Jets, and played in the 38 straight games for the Terrapins. He had 19 pass breakups in his final two seasons at Maryland, tying him for the most in the Atlantic Coast Conference during that span.
The Fever also added offensive lineman Michael Brown (6-5, 325). Brown was a second-team all SEC lineman in 2008 and signed a contract with the New Orleans Saints. He most recently played in the United Football League. In 2007, Brown was projected as a potential third or fourth round draft pick in the NFL draft.
On defense, the Fever added lineman Malcom Bennett (6-3, 285 pounds) from Appalachian State, where he was a second-team all-conference player in 2008 and 2009.