Patriots to Work Out S Darren Sharper, WR Houshmandzadeh

The Patriots will work out veteran safety Darren Sharper on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed Sunday night. 

The 35-year old Sharper is a five-time Pro Bowl selection who has split his 14-year career between the Packers, Vikings, and Saints. Limited by a knee injury last season, Sharper played in eight games for the Saints, recording 16 tackles. 

The Patriots also will work out safety Renaldo Hill, the Sports Xchange reports. (Sports Xchange had first reported the Sharper visit.) 

The Patriots have some familiarity with Hill, who played for the division rival Dolphins from 2006-2008. Last season, he started all 16 games for the Broncos, tallying 63 tackles and two interceptions. 

Following the release of Brandon McGowan and Ross Ventrone last week, and with veteran James Sanders missing the last several practices, the Patriots are somewhat thin at safety. Brandon Meriweather, Patrick Chung, and Sanders top the depth chart, with special teams-focused players Sergio Brown and Bret Lockett also in the mix.


I can't help but think that if Sharper were on anything but his last legs he would have found a team by now. It's interesting that we brought him in though. Safety is one of our last positions where we could use more depth. If Sharper has anything left in the tank, he could solidify one of the few remaining weak point in this patriots team.

Sharper was considering retirement earlier this offseason.

The needs are as follows:

1. Safety

2. Right Guard

..... It's good to be a Patriots fan.

The Patriots will also work out WR TJ Houshmandzadeh tomorrow. Not sure how I feel about this though. It can only mean bad things about the health of our WR's.

The Patriots are scheduled to host free-agent wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh for a workout tomorrow, a source confirms. 

The 33-year-old Houshmandzadeh was a former teammate of Chad Ochocinco with the Bengals. He played for the Bengals from 2001-2008, was with the Seahawks in 2009, and the Ravens last season. 

At 6-foot-2, 203 pounds, he has totaled 616 career receptions for 7,091 yards and 43 touchdowns. His 30 catches last year were his lowest total since his rookie season (not including his injury-shortened 2003 campaign). 


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