It looks like the Patriots found more than one veteran corner they liked during Tuesday’s visits.
They’ve signed former Eagle Bradley Fletcher to a one-year deal and Robert McClain, who joined Fletcher as a visitor to the team this week, announced on Twitter that he will be continuing his career with the Patriots as well.
McClain was a seventh-round pick in Carolina in 2010 and played a year there before being cut in 2011. After a brief spell in Jacksonville, McClain landed with the Falcons and played in 47 of the team’s 48 regular season games over the last three seasons. He had three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two sacks in those games for Atlanta.
Neither Fletcher nor McClain is going to be confused for the departed Darrelle Revis or Brandon Browner, which likely means that we’ll see a different approach in the secondary from Bill Belichick next season. Revis and Browner played a lot of man coverage on the outside last season and that may be deemphasized with the current group of options.