Last night, the Patriots announced the release of defensive end Eric Moore, which was seen as somewhat of a surprising move considering that Moore provided depth at defensive end in the 4-3 or outside linebacker in the 3-4. Nonetheless, the Patriots have replaced his spot on the roster with another area of need: defensive back.
According to multiple reports (Boston Globe, WEEI), the Patriots are set to sign veteran defensive back Vincent Fuller.
Fuller, 29, spent the first six years of his career with the Tennessee Titans after being drafted in the fourth round out of Virginia Tech. After being released by the Titans in September, Fuller landed with the Lions. He played in one game for Detroit before being placed on injured reserve. Eventually, the Lions agreed to release Fuller from injured reserve, and now he gets a shot for the Patriots.
Fuller has intercepted six passes in his career (four of which have been returned to the house) and was the Titans' primary nickelback for quite some time - playing the slot cornerback position for the past three years. He was never terrific in that role, but he has good experience and is likely an upgrade over some of the depth the Patriots have there now. Fuller can also play safety.
I wouldn't be surprised to see Fuller take a moderate role on this team, even with only two weeks remaining in the regular season. The Patriots have yet to officially announce the move, although I suppose it will be just a one year pact.
On another note, the Patriots should still have one more roster spot open, as the team has yet to make a corresponding move to Andre Carter landing on injured reserve. I suspect the open roster spot could go to rookie defensive end / outside linebacker Markell Carter.