The defending Super Bowl champs will take a hosting a meeting on Thursday with a familiar face, one they saw a little over a month and a half ago at the AFC Championship Game.
Pro Football Talk reported on Thursday that the Patriots are talking to former Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Allen Bailey, and he'll be at the facility on Thursday.
Bailey got picked up by the Chiefs back in 2011 in the third round. He has spent his entire eight-year career suiting up for Kansas City, and has complied over 200 tackles and 19.5 sacks over his time in the NFL.
Last season, Bailey played in all 16 games, starting 13 of them and produced two forced fumbles, a career-high six sacks, and recovered a career-high four fumbles as well. Bailey had 38 tackles and made five of them during that controversial AFC championship game.
The 6-3, 288 pound veteran could be the quick fix for the Patriots' D-line, given the potential departures by either Malcolm Brown or Danny Shelton. Bailey brings experience and leadership at a low pice tag.
Bill Belichick will look to Bailey to not necessarily fill the void of Trey Flowers, but play a part in combining with a few others for a similar effect.