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Patriots talking to free agent defensive lineman Allen Bailey

Patriots talking to free agent defensive lineman Allen Bailey

The New England Patriots have made some major changes to their defensive line this offseason. Between trading for Michael Bennett, signing Mike Pennel, and cutting Adrian Clayborn, the team is making a lot of moves that will reshape their depth chart. And they may not be done at the position.

According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots are still talking to former Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Allen Bailey. Bailey, a former third-round pick out of Miami, has spent the first nine years of his career in Kansas City.

Bailey would offer the Patriots a different element on their defensive line. During his career, Bailey has proven to be a strong interior pass rusher. In the Chiefs' 3-4 defense, he played the end position and last year, he logged a career-high six sacks for the team. He has 19.5 total sacks over his nine seasons in the league.

Bailey's skill set would complement Pennel and Lawrence Guy well. Those two will serve more as run stoppers while Bailey could rotate in as a pass rusher.

Bailey would also help replenish the team's defensive line depth. The team let Malcom Brown walk this offseason and sign with the Saints while Danny Shelton remains unsigned. Pennel was a good addition, but adding more depth seems necessary. Bailey would fit the bill as a low-cost veteran and pass rushing specialist.

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Julian Edelman recruits Zion Williamson to be new Patriots tight end

Julian Edelman recruits Zion Williamson to be new Patriots tight end

Zion Williamson in all likelihood will be the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, but Julian Edelman still made his best pitch for the Duke standout to join the Patriots instead.

Edelman tweeted out a photoshopped image of Williamson holding up a Patriots jersey with Robert and Jonathan Kraft, and he let the 6-foot-10 18-year-old know about the Pats' open tight end position.

Edelman isn't the only Patriot recruiting athletes from other sports to take Rob Gronkowski's place at tight end. Tom Brady did the same Tuesday night with Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara.

As for how the Patriots are realistically filling Gronk's void, they signed both Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Matt LaCosse in free agency. They also could look to add more depth at the position via the NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday.

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Patriots seven-round mock draft 6.0, according to the fans

Patriots seven-round mock draft 6.0, according to the fans

254 picks, in seven rounds, over three days.

The annual feeding frenzy known as the NFL Draft is about to begin, and from Kyler Murray to Mr. Irrelevant, all 32 teams are about to change the course of the future of their franchise.

The Patriots enter the draft with a league-high 12 selections, including six in the first three rounds. Whether those picks are actually used or traded remains to be seen, but there will definitely be a handful of new Patriots in the next few days.

Between mock drafts and his Prototypical Patriots series, NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry has acquainted fans with some of the best prospects available — and some under-the-radar players who would be perfect fits in Foxboro.

So for his final Patriots-specific seven-round mock draft, Phil turned it over to the fans. Who would they like to see as the newest Bill Belichick disciples?

Click here for our final Patriots-specific seven-round mock before the 2019 NFL Draft.>>>>

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