The Patriots had veteran linebacker Larry Grant in for a workout at Gillette Stadium.
The 28-year-old Grant played the last two seasons with the 49ers, appearing in all 16 regular-season games in 2011 and 2012, with three starts. He was a backup on the inside behind Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. The 6-foot-1, 251-pound Grant, who entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft choice out of Ohio State, was with the Rams from 2008-2010.
As for the Patriots' linebacking corps, they have starters Jerod Mayo (weakside), Brandon Spikes (middle) and Dont'a Hightower (strongside) returning in 2013, with Dane Fletcher, who missed the 2012 season with a torn ACL, one of their top backups. Building depth at the position, while also factoring in special teams contributions, figures to be an area of interest for the Patriots in free agency or the draft.
Starters: Mayo, Spikes, Hightower
Backups: Dane Fletcher, Niko Koutouvides, Mike Rivera, Jeff Tarpinian
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun first reported news of Grant's workout.