Source: Pats will work out safety Sharper

August, 14, 2011
8/14/11
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The Patriots will work out veteran safety Darren Sharper on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed Sunday night.

The 35-year old Sharper is a five-time Pro Bowl selection who has split his 14-year career between the Packers, Vikings, and Saints. Limited by a knee injury last season, Sharper played in eight games for the Saints, recording 16 tackles.

The Patriots also will work out safety Renaldo Hill, the Sports Xchange reports. (Sports Xchange had first reported the Sharper visit.)

The Patriots have some familiarity with Hill, who played for the division rival Dolphins from 2006-2008. Last season, he started all 16 games for the Broncos, tallying 63 tackles and two interceptions.

Following the release of Brandon McGowan and Ross Ventrone last week, and with veteran James Sanders missing the last several practices, the Patriots are somewhat thin at safety. Brandon Meriweather, Patrick Chung, and Sanders top the depth chart, with special teams-focused players Sergio Brown and Bret Lockett also in the mix.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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