The New England Patriots could draft an interior offensive lineman later this month. But on Wednesday, it was learned that the organization hosted a free-agent one.
According to NFL Media’s Albert Breer, former Oakland Raiders center and guard Stefen Wisniewski was recently in for a visit with the Patriots.
Wisniewski, 26, was the Raiders’ starting center for the last three seasons, after starting 13 games at left guard during his rookie campaign.
Since being selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft, the Penn State product has started all 61 contests he’s appeared in during his four-year career. But when Oakland agreed to terms with Rodney Hudson on a five-year deal in March, it marked the end of Wisniewski’s tenure with the team.
The 6-foot-3, 315-pound blocker played through a torn labrum in 2014, as Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune disclosed last month, and underwent offseason shoulder surgery in result. Even so, Wisniewski remains one of the more notable names left on the market.
His visit arrives on the same week longtime Patriots left guard Dan Connolly was reportedly scheduled to meet with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And with the long-term future appearing set at center with Bryan Stork, that could be where Wisniewski coincides with New England’s plans.