Today in his weekly chat on ESPN.com, Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss stated he believes Eagles corner-back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is he would be at the "top of the list" for Patriot's off-season free agent targets. Here is the Q & A from the chat:
Q: Mike, put yourself in Bill's shoes - forget the big names, which low risk, good value free agents would you pursue?
A: Jim, I'm probably a little less informed on the free agency at this time as I've been deep into the draft the last two weeks. But I've done some work there and here's one name that I put at the top of the list: Eagles CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Shortly after, Reiss stated that the Patriots have "always thought highly" of Rodgers-Cromartie, and that while he may be past his prime, he could serve as a solid replacement should Aqib Talib not be back. DRC's name surfaced as a potential trade-deadline target for the Pats when they ended up signing Talib.