The New England Patriots have signed one of the four cornerbacks in for a visit on Tuesday.
That cornerback is 28-year-old Bradley Fletcher, his agent, Andy Simms, told ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss.
It is one-year, $2.5 million contract for the former St. Louis Ram and Philadelphia Eagle, the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe reports, after the 6-foot, 200-pound free agent struggled in 2014.
Fletcher intercepted one pass for a touchdown and led the league in pass breakups for the Eagles last season, yet he allowed 61 receptions on 115 targets for a league-most 1,072 yards with nine touchdowns, according to Pro Football Focus.
He did not play in the regular-season finale against the New York Giants, after starting the 15 contests leading up to it.
Fletcher’s prior season in Philadelphia’s secondary was a better one, as he intercepted two passes and allowed 57 receptions on 98 targets for 701 yards with three touchdowns – as many scores as he conceded to Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant in Week 15 of 2014.
Those mixed results over 27 starts with the Eagles arrived after Fletcher signed a two-year, $5.25 million deal to join the team in March of 2013. The former 2009 third-round pick out of Iowa spent his first four NFL years with the Rams, where he started 26 games despite two ACL tears, picking off a career-high four passes in 2010.
But now, Fletcher finds himself in Foxborough as one of eight cornerbacks on the Patriots’ roster. His addition brings veteran depth to the position, after last year’s starters, Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, departed during the first week of free agency.