The Patriots hosted offensive lineman Cory Procter on a free-agent visit at Gillette Stadium today, according to a league source.
Procter (6-foot-4, 311 pounds) is a center who has position flexibility to play guard. He has been with the Dallas Cowboys since 2005, when former coach Bill Parcells plucked him off the Detroit Lions practice squad. He has appeared in 44 regular-season games, with 13 starts.
Following his visit with the Patriots, Procter was traveling to Miami for a visit with the Dolphins, where Parcells is the vice president of football operations.
The Patriots have Dan Koppen returning at center, with Logan Mankins at left guard and Stephen Neal at right guard. Mankins has been staying away from voluntary workouts because he has been disappointed with the pace of contract talks.
Dan Connolly, Ryan Wendell, Rich Ohrnberger (2009 fourth-round draft choice), George Bussey (2009 fifth-round draft choice) and Ted Larsen (2010 sixth-round draft choice) fill out the next spots on the center/guard depth chart.