Brandon McGowan tackles Kansas City's Larry Johnson last season. (Getty Images)
The Patriots have reached a two-year contract agreement with free-agent safety Brandon McGowan, according to John Clayton of ESPN.
The 5-foot-11, 207-pound McGowan is considered a physical player. The former Maine Black Bear was limited to two games last season by an ankle injury.
With the Patriots drafting safety Patrick Chung 34th overall, and reaching an agreement with the 25-year-old McGowan, the likelihood of Rodney Harrison returning becomes that much more of a long shot.