Adewale Ogunleye is the class of what is still an impressive list of free-agent defensive ends availale. Perhaps he will be finding work soon.
The former Chicago Bear worked out today for the New England Patriots, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. He said the team is undecided about signing Ogunleye, who spent the last six seasons with the Bears before beginning his career with the Miami Dolphins.
Ogunleye is a solid two-way left end. He’s not going to post flashy sack statistics, but he’s durable, plays the run well and might be a good fit for what the Patriots are looking to do. He totaled 36 sacks over the last five seasons for the Bears, including 6 ½ last season. The team chose not to pursue him on the open market.
Ogunleye turns 33 next week and he isn’t going to get the kind of big pay day he was surely looking for entering free agency. But he’s solid and is considered an asset to the locker room. How serious the Pattriots are is unknown. They work out more players than most teams do. It could be they're looking to make a move now. It could be they wanted to get a look at Ogunleye so they have a feel for him should they decide to make a move in the near future.
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