I've maintained since the Patriots season ended that the fix for the defense was on the line, not in the secondary. Some of the free-agents I wanted the Patriots to sign most were Desmond Bryant, Dwight Freeney, John Abaraham, Osi Umenyiora, etc. The Patriots had reported interest in all of those players, except Umenyiora. Also, those guys all still available except for the one defensive tackle on that list, Bryant, who went to the Browns.
So, it's no surprise that the Patriots are in on another big lineman, Vaughn Martin, formerly of the Chargers.
Pro Football Talk:
According to La Canfora, the Chargers will have a fair amount of competition for Martin’s services. The Eagles, Saints, Lions and Patriots are also believed to be interested in adding him to their defensive line rotations. All of those teams play out of a 3-4 base except for the Lions and Martin’s experienced in that look after his run with the Chargers.
How big is Martin? He's listed as 6-3 and 331 pounds. That's big...