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New England Patriots work out Spencer Johnson

Former Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Spencer Johnson never received any interest in free agency to this point, but ESPN Boston’s Field Yates reported yesterday that the New England Patriots worked out Johnson on Thursday, according to a league source. Johnson could end up staying in the AFC East by signing with the Patriots, and he has been in the division since 2008 with the Buffalo Bills.

The Patriots could sign Johnson, as they already released Kyle Love and Brandon Deaderick recently in what seems to be an overhaul at the defensive tackle position. Veteran pass rushing DT Tommy Kelly and intriguing rookie Armond Armstead figure to be used heavily by the Patriots at the defensive tackle position, and undrafted rookies Joe Vellano and Cory Grissom also have a shot at making the Patriots 53-man roster at DT.

Johnson played in 16 games in a season with the Bills three times and 14 games two times in his five seasons in Buffalo, and he recorded  19 tackles and two sacks in 14 games last season for the Bills. The 31-year-old veteran from Auburn suffered a drop in play and playing time last season after notable 2010 and 2011 campaigns.

Although it isn’t likely, I definitely wouldn’t rule out the Patriots signing this veteran of the AFC East to fortify depth at the defensive tackle position and add a player who had 55 tackles in 2010 and 47 in 2011

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