Posted by Mike Florio on July 31, 2011, 11:44 PM EDT
Maybe the Pats really are moving away from a 3-4 defense.
Days after trading for top-shelf (when motivated) 4-3 defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, the Pats will be taking a look at 4-3 defensive tackle Tommie Harris, according to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.
Per Rapoport, Harris will be working out for the Patriots on Monday.
Harris, a seven-year veteran and three-time Pro Bowler, was cut before the lockout by the Bears.
This would explain a few of the moves that the patriots have made defensively over the past week or so. Releasing Tully Banta-Cain was a bit of a head scratcher, but if they are indeed shifting to the 4-3, I don't think he would have fit. Having Fat Albert and now potentially Tommie Harris could be a good indication that at least a hybrid defense is on the horizon. The Jedi Master is anything but conventional anyways. They have to be adding some form of a 4 man front to their scheme if Tommie Harris is an option.
A few years ago when Harris came into the league, he was the prototypical 3-technique under tackle. He had the power and leverage, but more so the explosiveness that really set him apart. He was one of the league's most promising young defenders. But a few injuries and a big contract have helped him disappear. With that being said, if anyone can get something out of a player it is Bill Belichick. That is, if Tommie Harris actually feels he has something to prove.