The free agency melee has slowed down sufficiently, but there remain some talented names out there on the open market. The New England Patriots could wait until the NFL draft to address their remaining needs, or they could dip into the free-agent pool one last time to give themselves as much room to draft for value as possible. If they want to pick up some under-the-radar players to fill their remaining needs, here are some names they could look at. The Patriots are plenty familiar with Clements, the former first-round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills who has four career interceptions against New England and this very jarring hit on Tom Brady. The 13-year NFL veteran doesn't have all the speed he once had, but last year, he was used all over the defense at outside cornerback, slot cornerback and both safety spots. Speaking of traits head coach Bill Belichick loves in his defensive backs, Clements is also stout against the run. He did not play as much in 2012 as he has in previous years, but he didn't give up a single touchdown throw into his coverage, and notched an interception and six pass breakups in the process. Even at 33 years old, it's clear Clements still has something left in the tank — and if nothing else, he can provide some veteran leadership for the secondary to balance out some of the pied piper element which Aqib Talib might bring to the table.
One under-the-radar free-agent signing to fill each of the Patriots remaining holes
Boston Globe | Mar 25