When it comes to building their team, the New England Patriots leave no stone unturned. Whether it is drafting, trading, claiming or signing free agents, the Patriots do it all. Regarding free agency, New England is also willing to explore every facet of it: Not only does the team sign unrestricted free agents, it also regularly explores potentially bringing restricted free agents in.
The latest example of that are recent visits by restricted free agent running backs Mike Gillislee of the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins' Damien Williams. And according to ESPN New York’s Jordan Raanan, another name can be added to the list:
The Patriots hosted restricted free agent DE Kerry Wynn on a visit Wednesday, per source. Wynn received low tender from Giants last month.
Wynn has spent the entire first three years of his NFL career with the New York Giants, after the team signed him as an undrafted rookie in 2014. Now, with his original contract over, the team has opted to place the lowest tender on the 26-year old restricted free agent. As such, he would not net the Giants any compensation in case he leaves the team.
For New England, this would therefore be an intriguing way to add depth to the defensive edge. In case the team signs Wynn to an offer sheet, New York – currently operating with $11.5 million less in salary cap space than the Patriots' $19.8 million – would have five days to match. If the team did not, Wynn would move to Foxboro.
In New England, the 6'5, 265 lbs defensive edge would become a rotational option behind Trey Flowers, Rob Ninkovich and Kony Eal, trying to improve on his 2016 campaign: Wynn appeared in 14 regular season games and one postseason contest and registered 1.5 sacks on 9 tackles; the lowest output of his career.