The Patriots are in need of some wide receivers. On Thursday, they hosted a couple of them – Maurice Harris and Bruce Ellington. As it turns out, they’re also looking at the top player available.

According to the NFL Network, the Patriots have interest in Golden Tate. This isn’t a complete surprise since the Pats were also reportedly talking to the Detroit Lions about trading for Tate last season. Ultimately, Detroit sent the receiver to Philadelphia.

Tate, 30, caught 74 passes for 795 yards and four touchdowns last season with the Lions and Eagles. He’s been one of the most productive slot receivers in the NFL. Tate has four seasons of 90-plus receptions and three seasons of 1,000-plus yards. He was named to a Pro Bowl in 2014.

Prior to free agency, Tate told the ProStyle Podcast that he would “love” to come to the Patriots.

“I would definitely love being a part of something like that and catch a few passes from old Tommy Boy,” Tate said. “Julian [Edelman] is a buddy of mine, I’m really good buddies with him. I’ve heard good things from Kyle Van Noy, who got traded from Detroit and went there and has just been balling out since. It’s, as I said, a great organization. I definitely would not mind going over there for sure.”