Reports: Patriots Host Free-Agent Cornerback, Defensive Lineman On Visits

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Sherrick McManis

Photo via Oct 19, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback Sherrick McManis (27) during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots have signed just one player in the young offseason, but they reportedly hosted a slew of veteran free agents Thursday.

Defensive lineman Frank Kearse visited the Patriots, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported Thursday. Cornerback Sherrick McManis also was at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs reported. We already told you running backs James Starks and Benny Cunningham, wide receivers Chris Hogan and Rod Streater and tight end Clay Harbor reportedly visited.

Kearse, 27, was a seventh-round pick by the Miami Dolphins out of Alabama A&M in 2011. He’s also played for the Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins. The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder has 43 career tackles and 5.5 sacks in five seasons.

McManis, 28, was a Houston Texans fifth-round draft pick out of Northwestern in 2010. He played two seasons with the Texans before being traded to the Chicago Bears.

McManis started four games for the Bears in 2015, recording 29 tackles. He’s also a special-teams contributor.

Linebacker Ramon Humber is the only player the Patriots have signed since free agency began Wednesday. Humber was on the open market since Feb. 8, when his contract was terminated by the New Orleans Saints.

Thumbnail photo via Mike DiNovo/USA TODAY Sports Images

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