PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 27: Antwaun Molden #27 of the New England Patriots intercepts a pass in front of DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on November 27, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
One Patriots free agent we haven't talked about much is cornerback Antwaun Molden. Molden was a bit up and down in playing time for the Patriots in 2011. He ended up playing in all 16 games for the Patriots last year, starting two, and recording 36 tackles and two interceptions... all of this coming after beating out the likes of Darius Butler and Jonathan Wilhite for the final spot in the Patriots' cornerback rotation. Apparently, Molden did enough to pique the interest of other teams around the league, as he is beginning his free agent tour.
According to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, Molden is scheduled to take a free agent visit with the New York Giants today, and the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday. Wilson reports that Molden has also received interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
I wouldn't have been surprised if the Patriots' offered Molden a minimum contract to come into training camp and compete for a roster spot. But to be honest, Molden's play was well below expecations last year. He was consistently beat on any route to the outside, hitch, or crossing pattern. His best quality was his ability to cover the deep ball. If he receives anything above a minimum contract offer elsewhere, I highly doubt that the Patriots will match.