A league source has told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the New England Patriots worked out former Chicago Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye on Sunday.
With the depth at outside linebacker and lack of a pass rushing defensive end a major concern, the Patriots have been rotating a group of outside linebackers at practice, which includes Tully Banta-Cain, Pierre Woods, Jermaine Cunningham and Rob Ninkovich. The Patriots apparently have shown interest in adding Ogunleye to that mix. Their interest can certainly be attributed to the fact that defensive end Derrick Burgess unexpectedly did not show up for camp, and is contemplating retirement.
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Ogunleye started 14 games last season and registered 6.5 sacks. He ended last season on injured reserve with a small fracture in his fibula. He turns 33 on Aug. 9.