Patriots Will Work Out Chad Clifton

The New England Patriots just worked out free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress this past weekend and will now look to work out another veteran free agent: Offensive tackle Chad Clifton.

According to the Boston Globe, Clifton will be in Foxboro this week as the Patriots will conduct a workout and even give the 36-year-old a physical.

Clifton has spent his entire 12-year career with the Green Bay Packers as he was named a Pro Bowler in 2007 and 2010.

With New England’s offensive line being the team’s biggest concern heading into Week 2 of the preseason, adding a veteran left tackle like Clifton would be a wise decision.

However, the team’s o-line will be gaining some stability this week as left guard Logan Mankins was removed from the PUP list Sunday and should be ready to participate in full-pad practice later this week. As for right guard Brian Waters, there still is nothing new on whether or not he’ll report to the team prior to the start of the regular season.

Even with Mankins returning to the team’s roster, that still doesn’t solve New England’s issue at left tackle—as second-year pro Nate Solder has had a very rough time throughout the preseason.

If Solder doesn’t improve his game, then adding a veteran player like Clifton would be an ideal signing to protect the blind-side of Tom Brady.


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