BOSTON (CBS) – After signing a pair of offensive players over the first two days of free agency, the New England Patriots will now shift their attention to the defensive side of the ball.
According to reports, free agent defensive end John Abraham and safety Adrian Wilson will be in New England for visits with the Patriots.
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The 34-year-old Abraham is a veteran of 12 NFL seasons. Originally drafted by the Jets in 2000, he has 122 career sacks — including 10 for the Falcons last season.
Abraham, who also visited the Seahawks and 49ers, was released by Atlanta last week for salary-cap purposes. Though up there in years, he would give the Patriots a veteran pass-rusher to play alongside Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich.
Wilson, also a 12-year veteran, is a five-time Pro Bowler with 27 career interceptions to his name. He spent his entire career in Arizona after being drafted in the third-round in 2001 out of North Carolina State.
The 33-year-old Wilson has some impressive career stats, with 894 tackles, 25.5 sacks and 101 pass deflections in 181 games played. He would be a welcome addition to a Patriots secondary that is in need of bodies this off-season.
So far this off-season, the Patriots have signed wide receiver Danny Amendola and kick returner/running back Leon Washington.