Though they have already made quite the splash in this condensed NFL free agency and trade period, the New England Patriots don't appear quite done in the player acquisition department.
"As I first reported on Monday, if Giants lower demands for Osi Umenyiora from a 1st rnd pick, BAL, SEA, NE and possibly ATL interested."
Derek Havens of PatsFans.com thinks that in a preseason where the Patriots are seemingly all about taking changes, Umenyiora may be a good one to take:
"With the Patriots considering a transition to a 4-3 base defense, Osi could be an incredible talent to add for the young defense."
Besides Umenyiora, ESPN John Clayton reported that the Patriots are courting outside linebacker/defensive end Matt Roth, most recently with the Cleveland Browns. Roth tried out on Tuesday. The Boston Globe's Shalise M. Young is reporting that former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Raheem Brock is being looked at by the Patriots today.
Pats Pulpit says that Brock may be the most realistic defensive end option for the Pats at this point:
"Brock is 33 years old, but could be the pass rush specialist the Patriots need. He should also come at a cheaper price than Matt Roth and he would be a bargain deal compared to someone like Osi Umenyiora."