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Patriots huddle with LB Brown

Ex-Seahawk Brown pays team a visit

Former Seattle linebacker Chad Brown, released by the Seahawks last week, was in town last night for a visit with the Patriots to discuss how he would fit in with the team.

A 12-year veteran, Brown spent four years with Pittsburgh before joining the Seahawks.

A former Pro Bowler, Brown, who turns 35 this summer, has been plagued by injuries the past three seasons, playing in just 29 of 48 games. Last season, he appeared in only seven games and had 37 tackles at strong-side linebacker.

At the conclusion of the NFL Draft Sunday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick indicated that outside linebacker was a position at which the team needed to add free agents before training camp.

"Outside linebacker is an example of a position where we haven't drafted anybody and really haven't signed anybody, and we need to go to camp with a couple more players than we have there," he said.

Meanwhile, a source close to Aaron Glenn said the Patriots are one of three teams the Houston Texans cornerback has been given permission to talk to about a possible trade.

Glenn, who has played 11 years in the league, spent the first eight years with the New York Jets, including three with Belichick as his secondary coach. Both of Glenn's Pro Bowl appearances came in that three-year stretch.

Glenn, 32, started all 16 games last year for the Texans, the seventh time in his career that he started every game in a season. He has 35 career interceptions, including five last season.

The Houston native has become expendable because of the Texans' trade with the Raiders for Phillip Buchanon and Glenn's estimated salary cap number in excess of $5 million.

If no team trades for Glenn, it is likely the Texans will release him, and he would be an unrestricted free agent.

In preparation for this weekend's rookie minicamp, the Patriots have agreed to terms with several undrafted free agents.

A team spokesman said about 10 players should be signed by Thursday for the three-day camp, joining the seven players the team drafted.

The team will not announce any of the signings until after the players report, but the following have been confirmed through representatives or published reports: Arkansas running back DeCori Birmingham, Virginia Tech long snapper Travis Conway, Marshall running back Earl Charles, Navy fullback Kyle Eckel, Penn State kicker Robbie Gould, Connecticut guard Ryan Krug, Wisconsin offensive tackle Mike Lorenz, and Cincinnati defensive tackle Mike Wright.

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