Late last week it was reported that former Chargers Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle was narrowing down his free agent choices between the likes of the Ravens, Raiders, Cowboys, Steelers and others.
The expectation was that the safety could make his decision on his new team as early as today.
But on Monday, reports began filtering through Twitter that the Patriots might be a dark horse suitor for Weddle's services.
Respected Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Ed Bouchette tweeted that the Patriots might be where Weddle was leaning in is decision.
This note from the longtime Steelers reporter came after an earlier tweet actually indicated that Weddle might be visiting the Patriots on Monday.
That latter tweet was then retweeted by the Providence Journal.
Weddle is a former 2007 second-round pick of the Chargers out of Utah. He's a veteran of three Pro Bowls (2011, 2013, 2014) and two All-Pro teams (2011, 2014) in his nine NFL seasons. He's started 122 of 137 games, tallying 680 tackles, 19 interceptions, 6.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles and 6 fumble recoveries.
The 31-year-old safety is a versatile player who gets the most out of his 5-11, 203-pound frame. Used as a two-way player for Utah, Weddle had a very impressive performance against Rob Gronkowski last season in San Diego, proving his mettle against the bigger pass catcher. Still, he was unable to reach an agreement with the San Diego on an extension, a negotiation that got ugly and ended his career with the Chargers.
Were Weddle to land in New England, he would join a deep safety position that already includes Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, Jordan Richards and special teamer Nate Ebner.
EDIT: Weddle decided to sign with the Baltimore Ravens.