Report: Five-Time Pro Bowl Safety Darren Sharper to Work Out With Patriots on Monday


While the Patriots reportedly plan to host free-agent wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh for a workout Monday, they'll also work out a pair of safeties, including five-time Pro Bowler Darren Sharper.

According to the Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport, the Pats will work out Sharper and Renaldo Hill, which could put added pressure on starter Brandon Meriweather, who is entering the final year of his contract.

Sharper was limited to eight games last season because of knee surgery, but he was instrumental in the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl victory the season before.

The 35-year-old veteran, who has spent time with the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings as well, was selected to the Pro Bowl two years ago after he finished tied for the NFL lead with nine interceptions, including three that he returned for touchdowns.

Sharper is the NFL's active leader with 63 career interceptions.

Hill has played the last two seasons with the Denver Broncos. The 32-year-old is a former seventh-round draft pick out of Michigan State, who has also spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins.

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