Free-agent Larsen visits Pats

The Patriots have hosted Broncos fullback Spencer Larsen on a free-agent visit at Gillette Stadium, a source confirms.

The 6-foot-2, 243-pound Larsen enters his fifth NFL season in 2012, and he could have worse options on his free-agent plate -- the Tom Brady-led Patriots and the Peyton Manning-led Broncos. He is expected to make a decision this week, possibly as soon as tomorrow.

Larsen, 28, played under current Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in Denver (2009-2010). He attended college at Arizona, entered the NFL as a sixth-round pick in 2008, and has appeared in 50 career regular-season NFL games.

At one point in Denver, Larsen started one game at middle linebacker and fullback, and was a top special teams player in the same contest.

He has mostly been a fullback of late, having played 28 percent of the snaps last season in the Broncos' run-oriented attack. He's considered a strong special teamer.

If the Patriots are viewing Larsen as a fullback, he could compete with veteran Lousaka Polite for a roster spot at that position, assuming the Patriots keep a fullback (the position hasn't been a big part of the team's offense in recent years).

Adam Caplan of SiriusXM first reported Larsen's visit.