Oct 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys center Phil Costa (67) leaves the field at halftime of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 17-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency: Patriots Talk With Ryan Wendell, Phil Costa Visits New England

January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots offensive lineman Ryan Wendell (62) and guard Logan Mankins (70) against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Upgrading the interior of the offensive line was a priority for the Patriots this offseason, and one day in, that is an area of attention for Bill Belichick and company.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, former Cowboy Phil Costa visited the Patriots today, along with the Detroit Lions.

Former Dallas Cowboys veteran center Phil Costa visited the Detroit Lions today and the New England Patriots on Monday, according to a league source. Costa was cut by the Cowboys rather than accept a reduction in pay. Costa is a 6-foot-3, 302-pounder from Maryland. He has started 20 of 26 career games, but started no games last season after the Cowboys drafted center Travis Frederick in the first round. Costa started every game during the 2011 season.

I don’t think adding Costa would be an upgrade for the Pats, but it shows that they are at least trying to fill that center position. Going along with that thought, according to Mike Reiss, the Patriots were also talking with Ryan Wendell today, who has been the Pats center for the past two seasons.


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