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Patriots will work out Darren Sharper too

New Orleans Saints Sharper celebrates after recovering fumble by Pittsburgh Steelers Miller in New Orleans AP

Foxborough is going to be crowded on Monday with big name veterans looking for work.

Safety Darren Sharper will work out for the Patriots, according to Len Pasquarelli of Sports XChange.  Safety Renaldo Hill will also work out, and we previously mentioned that T.J. Houshmandzadeh will also be in town.

The Patriots could just be performing their due diligence, or this is a sign they aren’t happy with their safety depth.  Signing Sharper or Hill would make a lot more sense than adding another aging receiver like Housh to the mix.

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  1. ninjapleazee says: Aug 14, 2011 9:49 PM

    maybe they’re getting ready to cut Ocho stinko

  2. shmed105 says: Aug 14, 2011 9:49 PM

    This is starting to look like a retirement home. LoL

  3. afc22 says: Aug 14, 2011 9:54 PM

    Are they going to pay him Shaun Ellis money or Ocho Cinco money?

  4. iflounder says: Aug 14, 2011 9:58 PM

    or it could be they’re bringing in some brothers for the orgy. somebodies got to work tom’s ass and mouth.

  5. mostpeopledontknowwhattheyaretalkingabout says: Aug 14, 2011 9:58 PM

    Maybe with some competition Meriweather will finally wrap up some tackles?

    Chung is the real deal but clearly belichick isnt happy with his safety depth

  6. apooster says: Aug 14, 2011 9:59 PM

    Looks like the Patriots are reconstructing the 2006 Cincinnati Bengals with Ocho and Housh

  7. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Aug 14, 2011 10:02 PM

    This sure doesn’t seem like the way they built the team that won 3 superbowls. Hey, I’m a ‘Skins fan so far be it for me to say anything about the Pats and how they’ve done things (thanks Danny Boy Snyder), but this sure seems like a different approach than before.

  8. bmfwest says: Aug 14, 2011 10:07 PM

    Does sharper have any tread left on the tires?

  9. j0esixpack says: Aug 14, 2011 10:08 PM

    It’s called assembling a “shadow roster” folks – and this season, with a higher expected number of injuries, having the low down on as many guys as possible will come in handy during the season.

    Of course it never hurts to light a fire under the guys you have on the team already.

    Belichick knows all this

    He’ll do the same taking a look at other guys are cut from other teams over the next few weeks

  10. theinfinite777 says: Aug 14, 2011 10:10 PM

    Trying to copycat the Eagles, but with over the hill players?

  11. woojik says: Aug 14, 2011 10:11 PM

    #DREAMTEAM

  12. TheWizard says: Aug 14, 2011 10:34 PM

    This sure doesn’t seem like the way they built the team that won 3 superbowls

    They brought in Bryan Cox for that 01 team, that raised some eyebrows at the time.

  13. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 14, 2011 10:37 PM

    Sharper had a career year then got bumped out of New Orleans to fit a guy with bigger draft stock than him that was too stiff to play corner. I don’t mind the Pats taking a look at him as a veteran option.

  14. 1historian says: Aug 14, 2011 10:42 PM

    BB is just being BB

    Nothing to see here, folks, just move on

  15. spartytime says: Aug 14, 2011 10:51 PM

    What is with the Pats’ obsession with bringing in Old over the hill former superstars on their team. Your gamble with moss paid off, but lightning doesnt strike in the same place twice

  16. spartytime says: Aug 14, 2011 10:52 PM

    woojik says:
    Aug 14, 2011 10:11 PM
    #DREAMTEAM

    _________________

    Yea of 05

  17. june20102002 says: Aug 14, 2011 10:54 PM

    The Patriots are getting old with these potential signings, they seem like a retirement home for has beens.

  18. enders9 says: Aug 14, 2011 11:05 PM

    ninjapleazee says: Aug 14, 2011 9:49 PM

    maybe they’re getting ready to cut Ocho stinko

    ———————————————————–

    Why would Darren Sharper visiting imply that Chad is getting cut?

    And lolu if you seriously think any team would cut Chad so that they could sign TJ Houshmanzadeh

  19. tucknrolle says: Aug 14, 2011 11:23 PM

    I agree with the Pats working everyone out. If you can use the vet in good situations that fit his abilities and put him in a position to be successful he’ll work out for you. Keep him healthy during the regular season and have an experienced player for the play-offs. This especially bodes well if he has a low price tag.

  20. CKL says: Aug 15, 2011 12:49 AM

    woojik says: Aug 14, 2011 10:11 PM

    #DREAMTEAM
    _______________________________________
    As old as some of these guys are, I think it’s more like
    #NAPTIMETEAM.
    Maybe they can talk Dick LeBeau and Dick Jauron out of retirement to play again????? :P

    Seriously, the reason it seems different to non Pats fans is that it’s been awhile since BB loaded up on old salty guys, like all the way back to when he first got to town and brought in Cox (as one poster noted), AP, Bobby Hamilton and Rob Burnett , etc. Heck, I think O-T-I-S Smith was about 40 his last year in NE.

  21. laxer37 says: Aug 15, 2011 12:58 AM

    Everything TJ Houshmandzadah touches turns to crap. How many failures does it take for teams to figure this out?

    He’s got the attitude and work ethic of Randy Moss but has one-tenth of the skills.

  22. blackandpurple52 says: Aug 15, 2011 1:19 AM

    you mean darren sharper? ONE OF THE MOST HARDEST HITTING SAFETIES IN THE LEAGUUUEEEE

  23. patpatriotagain says: Aug 15, 2011 1:38 AM

    this isn’t the way they built other championship teams? Roman Phifer, Correy Dillon were not exactly spring chickens.

    The core of the pats is D still under 30 Mayo, McCourty, Wilfork, Chung, Bodden

  24. pattunya says: Aug 15, 2011 6:07 AM

    iflounder says,

    or it could be their bringing in some brothers for the orgie, somebodies got to to work tom’s ass and mouth.

    ——————————————————–

    That’s only because your mother wasn’t available this time.

  25. patriotdrummond says: Aug 15, 2011 6:49 AM

    >>>
    spartytime says:Aug 14, 2011 10:51 PM

    What is with the Pats’ obsession with bringing in Old over the hill former superstars on their team. Your gamble with moss paid off, but lightning doesnt strike in the same place twice
    <<<

    Lightning has already struck multiple times, though admittedly to varying degrees of course.

    Randy Moss, Rodney Harrison, Corey Dillon, Wes Welker, Danny Woodhead, Alge Crumpler, Rob Ninkovich, Ted Washington

    ..and of course there have been FA busts as well.

    Adalius Thomas, Steve Martin, Shawn Springs etc..

  26. iflounder says: Aug 15, 2011 7:44 AM

    pattunya says: Aug 15, 2011 6:07 AM

    iflounder says,

    or it could be their bringing in some brothers for the orgie, somebodies got to to work tom’s ass and mouth.

    ——————————————————–

    That’s only because your mother wasn’t available this time.

    my mom wasn’t available to work tom’s ass and mouth?

  27. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Aug 15, 2011 7:45 AM

    Sharper… maybe. Housh… hell no!

  28. sexyrexys says: Aug 15, 2011 8:06 AM

    He would look a lot sharper in a jets uniform.

  29. tv426 says: Aug 15, 2011 8:06 AM

    Do the Pats suck so badly that they have to sign every team’s castoffs?

  30. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Aug 15, 2011 8:13 AM

    iflounder says:
    Aug 14, 2011 9:58 PM
    or it could be they’re bringing in some brothers for the orgy. somebodies got to work tom’s ass and mouth.

    ————————————–

    Apparently, people write about their thoughts…

    Not there is anything wrong with you being on the DL…

  31. patsallday says: Aug 15, 2011 8:13 AM

    thereisalwaysnextyear says:
    Aug 14, 2011 10:02 PM
    This sure doesn’t seem like the way they built the team that won 3 superbowls. Hey, I’m a ‘Skins fan so far be it for me to say anything about the Pats and how they’ve done things (thanks Danny Boy Snyder), but this sure seems like a different approach than before.

    ————-
    Mayo, Brady, Edelman, welker, green- Ellis, Chung, mcourtey, woodhead, wilfork, Cunningham, spikes, wright, mankins, light, Hernandez, gronkowski… And many more..

    These are all guys that were part of the 14-2 just a year ago..

    There are also guys who we drafted or picked up when no one wanted them under the age of 30, with the exception of brady, for next to nothing becuase most are overlooked post 1st round picks.

    Our youth showed in game against the jets in the playoffs last year. These veterans pickups most of who still can play is great. This is more like 2008 celtics, or the 2007 pats who were a couple of miracle plays away from being the greatest team of all time. Except this defense is even younger.

    Please if you are not a pats fan, or know anything about winning a championships in the past 25 years do not opinionate like this, you look dumb.

    We have been really good for the past 10 years. It have set ourselves up for at least another 3 years. And that’s being humble.

    We had one of the youngest defenses in all the NFL last year, I bet even with the additions we still do. In a age where teams win one super bowl and the next year suck, we are simply way ahead of everyone else.

    Sorry if you hate it, but we are ready for another deep run at the playoffs, which usually means afc championship, and again, I’m being humble.

    Not to mention we had one of the best drafts this whole year and didn’t pick once in the first round. I.e mallet Ridley dowling and verren.

    Don’t be mad cause we see te shine in diamonds when they are in the midst of ruff consistenly. Both in the draft and free agency

    Playing chess while the rest of you play chess. Pats All day. Enough said.

  32. patsallday says: Aug 15, 2011 8:26 AM

    chess while playing checkers lol.. my bad.

  33. goawayeverybody says: Aug 15, 2011 8:34 AM

    Patskreig dot com, as with most Pats fans you have no clue what you’re talking about. Sharper didn’t get bumped due to someone having a higher draft value. Sharper spent half of last season on the PUP list due to surgery. And when he came back he wasn’t half as effective as he once was. Sharper is probably healthy now, but Malcolm Jenkins proved he can handle the starting job and Sharper isn’t looking to be a backup.

    Having said all this, I don’t see a starting role for Sharper on any team these days.

  34. jjmurphy1127d says: Aug 15, 2011 8:37 AM

    Pats got Mayo in 08, had 2 very solid drafts in 09 & 10 (Chung, Volmer, Gronkowski, McCourtey, Hernandez, Spikes, Cunningham, Edelman, Price, Pryor, etc.) and the very early returns are on the positive side so far for ’11 (Solder, Mallet, Ridley). They have also hit on a few young undrafted free agents and cuts from other teams like Green-Ellis, Hoyer, and Woodhead. In other words, they have a lot of very good talent in the 21-26 year old range. They are likely looking to add more verteran depth and maturity at a few spots as a complement and to know the landscape when injuries hit. This also may speak to their feelings about Brandon Merriweather -a very gifted athlete whose instincts are not great like a Rodney Harrison and whose improvement over the years has not been as much as they likely anticipated/hoped.

  35. homelanddefense says: Aug 15, 2011 9:21 AM

    they do have a depth need at safety. Chung and Merriweather are the starters but there isnt much after that considering they lost Paige, and cut McGowen. Id like to see a vet backup in there.

    But most of these workouts are for the emergency list for when injuries happen.

  36. cliverush says: Aug 15, 2011 9:46 AM

    Merriweather does not have good spatial awareness when left with multiple assignment areas.

  37. theenjguy says: Aug 15, 2011 11:50 AM

    hmm does anyone else see the trend with new england teams? Pats Celtics etc.

  38. ryanmallettsbluntwrap says: Aug 15, 2011 1:54 PM

    Pats , Celtics …. Etc . What is the Etc . ? The bruins that just won the Stanley Cup or the Red Sox that have the best record in the AL ?

  39. ossipeepats says: Aug 15, 2011 2:04 PM

    theenjguy says:
    Aug 15, 2011 11:50 AM

    hmm does anyone else see the trend with new england teams? Pats Celtics etc.

    _______________________

    You mean Championships?

  40. theenjguy says: Aug 15, 2011 4:26 PM

    ossipeepats says:
    Aug 15, 2011 2:04 PM
    You mean Championships?
    _______________________
    well yes i guess championships up until the pats and celts became nursing homes for the elderly. what championships since then?

  41. ossipeepats says: Aug 15, 2011 6:04 PM

    How is bringing someone in for a tryout akin to an aging roster?

    The Patriots are a young team with some veterans sprinkled in…

    There are few Patriots past the age of 30… but, you know, make up whatever you want if it helps the hate flow…

    The Patriots best player at every position (except QB) is under 30…

  42. ossipeepats says: Aug 15, 2011 6:08 PM

    I should say 30 or under…

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