Jon Gruden is parting ways with players he doesn't see fit regarding his vision of the Oakland Raiders. The latest player was former 2017 second-round pick Obi Melifonwu, and he's now receiving interest from teams, including one playoff contender.


According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Melifonwu is visiting with the New England Patriots on Friday, which comes ​a day after he met with the Dallas Cowboys.​

​​For Melifonwu, the Patriots are close to home for him, as he's a native of Grafton, Massachusetts, and played college at Connecticut. 


Melifonwu received plenty of praise at the 2017 scouting combine, particularly for his ridiculous vertical jump. After being selected by Oakland, the safety was hindered by injuries, as he missed majority of 2017 after serving two stints on injured reserve.

After Gruden arrived on the scene, the writing was on the wall for Melifonwu, ​who was waived in August, before he was released outright this past Tuesday.


New England's pass defense does need help, as it's allowed the eighth-most yards per game through the air this season (275.9). As we all know, the Patriots are not afraid to give opportunities to former top draft picks. If the team were to hypothetically sign Melifonwu, he would join a safety group that includes Duron Harmon, Devin McCourty, and Patrick Chung.