Two new rumors to report this week. The Patriots continue to work on upgrading their roster depth. Confirmed is the team's interest in upgrading the offensive line. The rumor concerned the possible signing of UDFA Nebraska OL Chris Patrick. The other rumor, which deserves entry into the Rumor Mill, is the possible interest in Colts DL Corey Simon.
News on Patrick can be found in the player visitor/interest thread here
RUMOR: Patriots may be interested in DL Corey Simon
Status: Unconfirmed - COLD
Buzz: The New England Patriots are still interested in upgrading their defensive line. According to rumblings in certain league circles, the team is always looking for talent, but the conviction to do something isn't always known. Simon is on the outs in Indy, and could be a significant upgrade for New England, which just signed Rashad Moore and Kenny Smith in an attempt to upgrade the competition in camp.
Reality: It's possible Simon could get a call from New England. There are no confirmed levels of interest in this event though. At the moment, Simon is a member of the Indianapolis Colts and any attempt by the Patriots to contact him without Indianapolis' permission would constitute tampering, something that the Patriots would obviously be careful to avoid.
The Patriots are known to be interested in adding talent to their interior defensive line. From the scouting Senior Bowl to the NFL Combine to player visits and workouts, New England has displayed interest in players who could play on the interior defensive line behind (or next to) Vince Wilfork.
When former Dolphin David Bowens became available, New England lost out to the Jets in an effort to land him.
The Patriots settled on waiting until the second day of the Draft to add a defender to their mix. After scouting and working out Kareem Brown before the Draft, New England used their fourth round pick to select the University of Miami (Florida) defensive lineman.
There are other options available in free agency, but a healthy Simon could rehabilitate his career and would have another shot at the postseason in New England. According to Adam Caplan, senior NFL reporter for Scout.com, wherever Simon lands, he's going to have to pass a team physical and that is not a sure thing.
"Simon's problem is that he will have to pass another team's physical, and at this point, no one knows what kind of shape he's in. He reported to the Colts after the trade from Philadelphia in poor shape, and he got in worse shape prior to last season. It doesn't help him that there is decent talent left at his position in free agency. So Simon, who turned 30 earlier this year, might have a hard time finding a job quickly after his release."
For now Simon is in the Rumor Mill tracker. We'll keep an eye on him and update his status. Be sure to check the Rumor Mill often for status updates on all the rumors we're currently tracking.
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