The Patriots lost one free agent to Peyton Manning and the Broncos. But they may have a chance at getting another key player before Denver does — this time on the defensive side. Defensive end Dwight Freeney, who has been considered a good fit for the Patriots since being cut by the Colts this offseason, is reportedly headed to New England to get a look from the team, Tom E. Curran of Comcast Sports Net reports.

Freeney could get attention from as many as eight NFL teams, Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com reports, although the Patriots are the first to dip their toe in the water.