There wasn’t a lot of action in the second week of NFL free agency, save for a technology-deprived pass rusher and a future Hall of Fame safety, but a bit of talent still remains on the open market. Defensive end Elvis Dumervil’s ongoing courtship, which was made possible by a fax snafu, remained a highlight, and lifelong Baltimore Ravens playmaker Ed Reed exchanged his wings for some stirrups as he finally decided to sign with the Houston Texans. The Patriots, surprisingly, were never in serious contention to land one of Bill Belichick’s all-time favorites. Dumervil was loosely tied to the Pats after his surprising release from the Denver Broncos, who are competing with the Ravens for his services, but the guy who once sent Tom Brady into orbit with a bone-rattling hit is in search of a full-time job. Dumervil certainly wouldn’t leapfrog Chandler Jones on the depth chart, and Rob Ninkovich has annually surpassed expectations to the point where his starting role should be considered relatively safe. That doesn’t mean the Patriots won’t add depth on the edge, and veterans John Abraham, Dwight Freeney and Osi Umenyiora are still searching for employment, though they’ll likely wait for Dumervil to sign first. The Pats have been linked to all three, and while Abraham could be more likely to move to New England than the others, it’s curious he left town without a deal a week ago and still hasn’t found a job. If no one from that group works out, James Harrison and Israel Idonije could be options for the Pats, who ranked 15th with 37 sacks last season.
Pats can still play market
Boston Herald | Mar 24