Injuries have slowed his career down pretty significantly, but the Grafton, Ma. native adds some depth and size to New England's secondary. Melifonwu, 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, played in five games with the Raiders last year including one start.
There were rumors he would sign with the Patriots as recently as a week ago. A former teammate of Melifonwu's, Bruce Irvin, was just cut by Oakland and rumors are the Patriots could be a landing spot.
Would it shock you if every Raider free agent came over here? I mean, going from Oakland to New England is like going from a rodent-infested dive bar to the Capital Grille.