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Report: Lynch to visit

17 Mar 04 / by Andy Hart, Patriots Football Weekly

Last year the Patriots hit free agency pay dirt by signing veteran safety Rodney Harrison, a player the Chargers and others believed was on the downside of his career. Harrison subsequently started all 16 games, recording a team high 140 tackles for a New England defense that ranked seventh in the NFL and helped pave the road to Super bowl XXXVIII success.

According to published reports in today's Boston Herald and Providence Journal the Patriots may be looking for a similar acquisition this offseason, showing interest in recently-released Tampa Bay safety John Lynch. The Buccaneers officially released the 6-2, 220-pounder on Tuesday in a salary cap move and he will reportedly meet with the Patriots today. Given permission by Tampa last week to negotiate with other teams, the five-time Pro Bowl safety has reportedly already met with the Seahawks and Broncos and will move on to the Jets and Colts after leaving New England.

Originally drafted by Tampa in the third round of the 1993 NFL draft out of Stanford, the 33-year-old strong safety played in 164 games in his career with the Buccaneers. His 11-season totals include 973 tackles (including six seasons of more than 100), 23 interceptions, seven forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and 74 passes defensed. Last season he started 14 games, missing two with a shoulder stinger injury, and recorded 95 tackles with two interceptions and seven passes defensed.

Hes past his prime.... but hey look at Rodney Harrison last year. :D

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