Bill Belichick’s already added three Pro-Bowlers this summer. He might not be done.
Earlier tonight the Boston Herald’s Ian Rapoport first reported the team was having wide receiver T. J. Houshmandzadeh in for a visit. Moments later Len Pasquarelli of Sports XChange reported safeties Darren Sharper and Renaldo Hill would also be working out Monday.
Houshmandzadeh is entering his eleventh season as a pro. He spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Bengals. In 2007 with Cincinnati he was voted to the Pro Bowl after tying Patriots wide out Wes Welker for the most receptions in the league. The Oregon State alum spent 2009 with Seattle before landing in Baltimore in 2010. If he catches on in New England, Houshmandzadeh would be reunited with Chad Ochocinco; the two played together at OSU before playing together in Cincy from 2001-2008 (Ochocinco was known as Chad Johnson then). Current Patriots WRs Julian Edelman, Brandon Tate and Taylor Price have all missed practice time this weekend.
Sharper is a five-time Pro-Bowler entering his fifteenth season. He was voted to the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team and was a key part of the Saints Super Bowl run two seasons ago. He previously played for the Packers and Vikings and has recorded 63 interceptions, 11 of which were returned for touchdowns.
Hill is a journeyman entering his eleventh season. He played for Belichick disciple Josh McDaniels in Denver the last two seasons. He also spent time with Miami under head coach Nick Saban, another former Belichick assistant. He was coached by defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, another ex-Belichick assistant, in 2005 with the Raiders. His first four seasons were with the Cardinals (no Belichick connection there).