Patriots have four cornerbacks in for visits

In addition to their previously reported visit with free-agent cornerback Terence Newman, the New England Patriots had three other free-agent cornerbacks in for a visit on Tuesday -- Tarell Brown, Bradley Fletcher and Robert McClain.

The 30-year-old Brown has played for San Francisco (2007-2013) and Oakland (2014), with 114 career games played. He entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft pick of the 49ers out of Texas, and signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with Oakland last offseason. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Brown has 11 career interceptions and 59 passes defended.

Fletcher is a seven-year veteran who has been with the Rams (2009-2012) and Eagles (2013-2014). The 6-foot-0, 200-pound Iowa alum started all 15 games last season in Philadelphia and was credited with one interception (returned 34 yards for a touchdown) and 22 passes defended. He entered the NFL as a third-round pick of the Rams in 2009.

McClain should be more familiar to fans of New England college football, as he played at UConn. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound McClain spent the last three years with the Falcons, where he settled into a regular game-day role after stints with Carolina (2010) and Jacksonville (2011). He missed just one game over the last three seasons in Atlanta (15 starts) and totaled three interceptions and 20 passes defended over that time. He entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick of Carolina.