One day after the Texans released safety Ed Reed, Patriots coach Bill Belichick chose not to comment on whether the team might be interested in making a play for a player that Belichick has long praised and admired.
"I don't think it would be appropriate for me to comment on players that aren't on our roster," Belichick said on Wednesday, during a teleconference with reporters.
Belichick did, however, go into some detail about how the Patriots deal with situations such as Reed's, when a player -- in this case, a Pro Bowler who helped the Ravens win the Super Bowl last season -- is waived and becomes available.
"There's usually an indication that things like that could happen. Not that they're going to happen, but that they could happen. That's one of the things that our pro personnel department does a real good job of, they stay on top of that," Belichick said. "When you have players that, whatever their situation is, we think could potentially become available, then we start working on them ahead of time, so when it happens or if it happens, we're not sitting there trying to scramble around.
"Most of the time, you have a little bit of a lead-in on that."
Belichick was also asked about tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was captured on a cellphone video over the weekend making statements that could be construed as racially insensitive.
"Right now, my main focus is on Carolina. Anything that we need to address as a team internally or individually with a player will be handled on that basis," Belichick said.