All appeared quiet on the Dan Connolly front, but the free agent is scheduled to break that silence with a visit to Tampa Bay this week, Ross Jones of FOX Sports reports.
The 32-year-old interior lineman is heading there to meet with the Buccaneers, an organization which features a pair of notable New England Patriots ties in general manager Jason Licht and left guard Logan Mankins.
Licht spent a total of eight years with the Patriots, serving as a scout, an assistant director to player personnel, and later a personnel executive. Mankins, meanwhile, spent a total of nine years with the team, serving as a five-time All-Pro and member of the All-2000s club before being traded to Tampa Bay last August.
Should Connolly join them there, it would mark the end of an eight-year stay in New England, where he first signed to the practice squad in 2007.
The former Jacksonville Jaguars undrafted rookie out of Southeast Missouri State has played in 84 regular-season games for the Patriots, starting 71, while becoming the fourth-longest tenured member of the team and a captain in 2014.
Connolly went on to earn 13 starts at left guard through New England’s Super Bowl run, after starting the first three contests of the year at center.
Yet now, he is one of only three unrestricted Patriots free agents still unsigned.
That could change soon.