Two familiar names are now options for Patriots at positions of need


Over the next few weeks there will be plenty of player movement around the league.

It could be via trade or free agency with some players suddenly becoming available after being released by their current teams.

The Patriots have the fourth-most cap space in the league, so they have plenty to spend and should be in on almost all players available, especially at positions of need.

Two familiar players to the Patriots who were not free agents going into the week seem likely to be available this month.

The first is defensive tackle Malcom Brown.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Saints have had trade discussions regarding the veteran. New Orleans is up against the cap and needs to save money any way it can.

Brown was selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 2015 draft. While he wasn’t a bad player during his Patriots tenure, more was likely expected considering he was a first-round pick. Similar to a few other players in recent years, Brown could be a player to return to New England and be better than the first go-around.

Defensive tackle is obviously a need, so this could make some sense and they wouldn’t need to give up much in return.

The other name is tight end Kyle Rudolph, as he was officially released by the Vikings Tuesday.

Rudolph’s name has come up a bunch in recent years relating to the Patriots and now is their chance to pounce.

The 31-year-old would be a great addition to the group, as it needs someone to work with Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene, who are both entering their second years.

In 12 games last year, Rudolph had just 28 catches for 334 yards and a touchdown, but had at least four touchdown catches in five straight prior seasons.

New names will become available over the coming days and weeks, but for now keep an eye on these two relating to the Patriots.