With safety Tank Williams recently placed on injured reserve, the Patriots began to look at other options by bringing in free agent strong safety John Lynch on a visit.
Lynch, 36, a nine-time Pro Bowler, would likely see the field in sub-packages, as he shares a lot of the big hit ability and toughness that Tank Williams and Rodney Harrison both have. We would likely see him move up and have some linebacker-esque responsibilities, also similar to Harrison and Williams.
To me, Lynch seems like the closest match to replace Tank Williams, and would seemingly be a smart pick-up. That is, if he can get past his injuries, and if age hasn’t caught up with him.
Lynch visited with the team as a free agent back in 2004, per Mike Reiss.
Also, as a side note, ESPN.com’s John Clayton expects the Patriots to make a decision on veteran free agent Junior Seau by the last week of the preseason .