Derrick Burgess still has not reported to Patriots training camp, and the speculation remains that he is considering retirement. New England is wasting little time to ready themselves and already are have opened a search for a potential replacement at outside linebacker.
On Sunday, the Patriots brought in former Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye for a work out, according to Pro Football Talk and ESPN's Adam Schefter. While there has been no decision made regarding the 32-year old, he would obviously add depth to the Pats' defense, especially if Burgess does opt for retirement.
Personally, I think that Oguleye would be a solid pickup who could rack up the 5-7 sacks the Patriots need at the outside linebacker position. While Ogunleye is a little long in the tooth, he hasn't recorded less than five sacks since 2001, and has prototypical outside linebacker size at 6-4, 260 pounds.
In 2009, Ogunleye recorded 6.5 sacks in 14 games with Chicago. He has recorded at least that number of sacks in six of the past eight seasons.