As the Patriots continue to try to add defensive depth, the team reportedly worked out former Chicago Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye on Sunday.
According to ESPN.com, the Patriots are concerned about the status of defensive end Derrick Burgess, who did not report for the start of training camp on Thursday and may be considering retirement.
The Pats are likely looking at Ogunleye as a potential replacement for Burgess.
The 32-year-old Ogunleye, who has spent the last six seasons with the Bears, totaled 6 1/2 sacks in 14 games during the 2009 season before fracturing his fibula.
The 2003 Pro Bowler has 67 career sacks in 126 games. He played his first three seasons with the Miami Dolphins before being traded to Bears for wide receiver Marty Booker in 2004. He was also on the Bears team that reached the Super Bowl in 2006.
Ogunleye?s best season came during his 2003 Pro Bowl campaign, when he registered 15 sacks.