Chad Brown Close to Signing With Pats?

Peter Schaffer, the agent veteran linebacker Chad Brown, who is currently without a team, said he has talked to the Patriots about Brown, but said the two sides have not spoken in two weeks, The Boston Globe has learned. According to Schaffer, Brown, who will turn 37 Thursday, is working out in Denver, staying in shape while he weighs his options for a 15th NFL season. “Chad is ready to play, and if the right situation presents itself he will take it and he will play,” Schaffer said.

Assuming that Brown does sign with the Patriots, it would be his third tour of duty with the team. New England had signed the three-time Pro Bowler as a free agent from the Seattle Seahawks before the 2005 season. However, Brown appeared to struggle with the inside linebacker position in the Patriots’ 3-4 scheme after building his reputation as a playmaking 3-4 outside backer with Pittsburgh and Seattle. Brown started five of the first six games that season on the inside, but he was bumped to the bench when Tedy Bruschi returned from his offseason stroke.

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