Free-agent cornerback Shawn Springs is expected to sign with the Patriots, according to Shalize Manza-Young of the Providence Journal.
The Globe is currently working to confirm the report. [Update, 3:16 p.m. -- The Globe can confirm that the sides have an agreement, but a contract has not yet been finalized]
The 33-year-old Springs would address one of the Patriots' more pressing needs -- cornerback help. Springs (6-0, 207) is a 12-year veteran who was released by the Redskins last week after Washington re-signed DeAngelo Hall.
Springs has played for the Seahawks (1997-2003) and Redskins (2004-2008).