Reed to visit Patriots

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Now that Vince Wilfork and Steve Neal and Tully Banta-Cain are taken care of, it seems the Patriots have enough in-house issues tied up to go and pursue other team’s free agents.

The club will host Bills free-agent WR Josh Reed on Monday, according to a source.

Reed turns 30 in May, and is coming off a disappointing 2009 in which he caught just 27 balls for 291 yards and a touchdown. His playing time was cut down — Reed registered 50-plus catches in each of the two prior years and started 22 games in that time — after the team acquired Terrell Owens.

At 5-foot-10 and 210-pounds, he’s got a bit of a tailback build, is known for playing a smart game and has been utilized quite a bit out of the slot. That last part is key, because the Patriots could be looking for a “bridge” guy, while Wes Welker battles back from knee surgery.

One other interesting note: His final two years at LSU, he played Bill Belichick buddy Nick Saban. He won the Biletnikoff Award for the Tigers in 2001.

Pro Football Talk first reported on the visit.


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