Another day, another corner added to the Patriots' roster.
On Thursday, the team announced the signing of 29-year-old Lewis Sanders (6-1, 210), a veteran of eight NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, and Atlanta Falcons.
Big for a cornerback, Sanders may be useful to New England at more than one spot.
"I think Lewis will probably be able to come in and help them at the nickel and, if needed, get a few starts," said his agent, Kevin Pompey, in a Boston Globe feature today.
"I don't know if they see him as a No. 2 corner. They definitely see him as a quality guy to play nickel and dime [coverage] and because of his size, maybe also play some safety. They see him as a guy to add depth and play special teams as well."
While the secondary is getting deeper, the Patriots must still address their other big need: linebacker.
This week, the team hosted restricted free agent LB Adam Seward of Carolina. The 25-year-old hasn't played much in the NFL, but he has experience in the 3-4 defense from his days in college at UNLV.
He also has other intangibles the Pats typically look for in a player.
"He's a very quick learner," Steve Johns, Seward's position coach at UNLV, said in today's Boston Herald. "He's the son of a coach and understands concepts. He's a very physical, tough kid. He's a workhorse. He just makes plays."
And if you think QB Tom Brady is going to seek a new contract now that the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger inked a $102-million deal, Brady's dad says think again.
"I think[Bill] Belichick and [Scott] Pioli have said for years, you don't win Super Bowls with players 1-to-22. You win Super Bowls with players 23-to-53," Tom Brady Sr. explained in another Herald piece.
"That's where the cap money comes in. When you can only throw players on the field who aren't well compensated, players who aren't the best backups, then it's definitely going to impact the team. Having more cap space allows the team to get much better depth ... You have to be able to pay good backups all the way through.
"That's whatRandy [Moss]and Tom and other players taking hometown discounts do for the team."