Aug 122012
 

The Patriots will play host to two of the most prominent remaining free agents, Chad Clifton and Plaxico Burress. Clifton was cut by the Packers earlier this offseason after failing a physical and looked likely to retire at age 36, but if he can prove he’s healthy, he might be solid veteran depth behind 2nd year left tackle Nate Solder, who is going into his first year as a full time starter, in the absence of the retired Matt Light. Solder struggled in the Patriots’ 1st preseason game last week.

Burress, meanwhile, caught 45 passes for 612 yards and 8 touchdowns last season, but as drawn no interest this offseason, heading into his age 35 season. That seemed strange, considering guys like Randy Moss, Chad Ochocinco, and Terrell Owens all signed, but apparently he had too high of an asking price, which he has since dropped. He’s drawn interest from the Cowboys and Patriots since doing that. If signed, he’d be nothing more than the 4th receiver at best in New England and would have to compete with Deion Branch, Donte Stallworth, Julian Edelman, and Matt Slater for a job. He’d likely see most of his snaps in short yardage situations.

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