After speaking with free-agent veteran defensive lineman Sam Adams (who signed with Denver), the Patriots were planning to meet with Kendrick Clancy, according to a report in Friday's New Orleans Times-Picayune.
"He was supposed to go see some other teams, New England [Thursday] afternoon ...," agent Ron Del Duca told the Times-Picayune.
The Patriots' exploration of Adams and Clancy indicates they would consider adding depth at nose tackle. Both players have experience playing nose in the 3-4, Adams from his days in Buffalo and Clancy from his time in Pittsburgh.
As for the Patriots' current depth chart, Vince Wilfork is entreched as the starting nose tackle. Mike Wright is a potential backup, although he's probably more naturally suited to play end. Second-year player Le Kevin Smith, a sixth-round draft choice in 2006, is another candidate to back up at nose. Ty Warren could also be an option in an emergency.