The Patriots continue to mull their interior offensive line options.
Davin Joseph, the former Pro Bowl guard for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently visited the Patriots, according to Mike Reiss at ESPNBoston.com.
Joseph, 30, was released by Tampa on March 8 in a cap-related move. A right guard, Joseph missed all of 2012 but started every game last year.
The analysis site Pro Football Focus has never been high on Joseph and had him rated one of the worst guards in the NFL in 2013. While there’s always room for disagreement with PFF’s evaluations, the fellas there do put in the time and it’s beyond doubtful that Joseph is at the top of his game while they are saying he’s almost rock-bottom.
Former Bucs general manager Mark Dominik told me that Joseph still has good football left in him, adding that he’s a “very strong power guard” and that Joseph is an excellent teammate and leader.
Either way, the Patriots are sure to be adding interior offensive line help whether through the draft, free agency or both. Logan Mankins is entering the final year of his contract. Dan Connolly is entering the final year of his contract. If Joseph is a cheaper veteran option than Connolly – who is down for a $3M salary in 2014 – a move could be made.
Any moves would likely happen after the draft and possibly closer to the summer once the team has a better handle on what its depth chart is looking like.