The Patriots were sniffing around Nick Fairley a bit, and when he signed with the Saints, they moved quickly to line up an option.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Patriots are bringing in Washington defensive tackle Terrance Knighton for a visit today.
Knighton is a different type of big man than Fairley, lacking the kind of pass-rush pop Fairely has shown at times. He has just 14.0 sacks in seven seasons, including stints with the Jaguars and Broncos.
But he’s a reliable run-stopper, and the Patriots could use some depth in the middle of the line.