With No. 3 receiver Jabar Gaffney signing with the Broncos in free agency, the Patriots could be seeking reinforcements. One name to keep on the radar is former Rams and Lions receiver Mike Furrey.
Furrey visited with the Patriots at Gillette Stadium prior to the start of free agency. The visit came early because Furrey was released by the Lions Feb. 9, and thus didn't have to wait until Friday to sign with another club.
Furrey, who had a career-high 98 catches in 2006, has yet to sign with any team at this point.
The timing of Furrey's visit adds important context to the situation.
Teams that bring in players on the first day of free agency are generally aggressive in trying to sign them. This appears to be a case in which the Patriots did their due diligence, and could potentially have interest at some point, but nothing appears imminent.