With 2014 starters Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner now elsewhere, the New England Patriots are looking into the pool of veteran free-agent cornerbacks still available.
The organization hosted four of them on Tuesday in Terence Newman, Robert McClain, Bradley Fletcher and Tarell Brown, according to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss.
Newman, 36, entered the league as the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft. The 5-foot-10, 197-pound Kansas State product has since played in 174 regular-season games between his time with the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals. He started 13 games for Cincinnati in 2014, recording 72 tackles and his 37th career interception. His visit to Gillette Stadium was previously reported Tuesday morning.
McClain, 26, was a seventh-round selection out of UConn in 2010. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound defensive back and punt returner has since appeared in 63 NFL games as a member of the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars as well as the Atlanta Falcons. He registered 60 tackles, one sack, five pass deflections and two interceptions for Atlanta last season.
Fletcher, 28, arrived in the NFL as a St. Louis Rams third-round choice in 2009. The 6-foot, 200-pound Iowa Hawkeye went on to play three seasons for St. Louis, later joining the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. He started all 15 games he played in for the Eagles last season, finishing with 61 tackles, 22 pass breakups, an interception for a touchdown and one forced fumble.
Brown, 30, was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round of the 2007 draft. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound former Texas cornerback proceeded to spent the first six years of his NFL career in San Francisco, before signing with the Oakland Raiders in 2014. Brown started 14 games for Oakland last season, notching 55 tackles and four passes defensed.
New England’s cornerback position has six members of the 2014 team slated to return, including Daxton Swanson and Justin Green from the practice squad. A former Raider, Chimdi Chekwa, also signed as a free agent last week.