Patriots investigating FA corner Brandon Flowers

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With training camp starting next week and with two roster spots open, the Patriots have room to bring some additional talent into the preseason with the team. Right now, it looks like some of that might be free-agent corner Brandon Flowers--per NESN, the team is engaged in talks with the corner to possibly sign him for training camp.

Flowers, a 2013 Pro Bowler, was cut by the Chargers back in March. While there are serious concerns about his age (31) and durability (he missed six games last year with a concussion), he's got experience in multiple systems and might be able to offer some situational contributions should he earn a roster spot.

Unfortunately, the former second-round pick is a long shot even if he does sign with the team. Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore have the starting spots firmly locked up, and there's solid depth behind them with Eric Rowe, Jonathan Jones, Justin Coleman and Cyrus Jones to boot. Should the team decide to carry more than seven corners, undrafted rookie DJ Killings (who signed for $31,000) might be more appealing than an aging veteran. Unless Flowers would be willing to make the switch to safety (like many analysts said Darrelle Revis might do) he'll probably end up on the outside looking in.

At this point, all the talk is just that--talk. There's no guarantee that Flowers will sign with New England if he signs at all (he's been connected to the Cardinals as well). But even if the Pats decide to give Flowers a spin, don't expect him to stick around for long in Foxborough on a stacked cornerback depth chart.

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