Veteran offensive lineman Stefan Wisniewski has made a free-agent visit to the Patriots, according to Albert Breer of NFL Media.

Veteran offensive lineman Stefan Wisniewski has made a free-agent visit to the Patriots, according to Albert Breer of NFL Media.

The 26-year-old Wisniewski, a second-round pick by the Raiders out of Penn State in 2011, has played the last four years with Oakland, starting 61 of a possible 64 games. The 6-foot-3, 315-pounder reportedly played part of the 2014 season with a torn labrum, and had shoulder surgery earlier this offseason.

According to CBS Sports, Wisniewski has visited the Seahawks and Bucs. The Rams, Chiefs and Bears have also reportedly had interest in signing him.

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Christopher Price

Compared to last offseason — where there were roughly 500,000 stories about him and his rehab — it’s been relatively low-key for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. However, the big fella recently taped an interview with Jim Rome, where he talked about a few different things, including his requirements for the ideal wife.

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Christopher Price

WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2015 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

T.J. Clemmings (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

T.J. Clemmings switched from the defensive line to offensive tackle as a junior and had a standout senior season. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

T.J. CLEMMINGS

Position: Offensive tackle

School: Pittsburgh

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 309 pounds

Achievements: 2014 team offensive captain, 2014 All-American (Football Writers Association of America, Phil Steele), 2014 All-ACC first team

What he brings: His body has been praised as the perfect type for his position, with broad shoulders, long arms, slim middle and thick thighs. According to NFL.com, he “moves like a tight end in space” and has an “elite change-of-direction talent and knee bend.” Clemmings has hands that generate an incredible amount of power, and CBS Sports describes them as made of stone. NFL.com said he can get “depth with smooth, fluid kick-slide and does a good job of mirroring,” and that once he makes contact, he accelerates and finishes his job. His inexperience at the position has some wary about his NFL preparedness, but should develop well with enough reps.

At the scouting combine Clemmings ran a 5.14 40-yard dash, which isn’t amazing, but his 32.5 inch vertical jump and 4.54 second 20-yard shuttle earned him top-performer status.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 1-2

Notes: Clemmings did not play offensive line until his redshirt junior year at Pitt, as he started as a defensive end. He did not even start playing football until his junior year of high school, per his mother’s request. He first played basketball, from the time he was 8 until he was a senior in high school, and received offers from Providence, Rutgers and Seton Hall during high school before opting for a football scholarship from Pitt.

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USA Today: NFL draft diary: Pitt’s T.J. Clemmings comfortable in wait-and-see mode 

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Video: Here’s a package of Clemmings’ highlights while at Pitt.

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Judy Cohen

Running back Stevan Ridley is taking a free-agent visit with the Jets on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Scheffer.

Running back Stevan Ridley is taking a free-agent visit with the Jets on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Scheffer.

Ridley, a third-round pick of the Patriots in 2011 out of LSU, has rushed for 2,817 yards over the course of his four-year career in the NFL, which included 1,263 yards in 2012. The 26-year-old Ridley is coming off an abbreviated 2104 campaign — he went down with a knee injury in an October win over the Bills, and was unable to go the rest of the season.

Ridley has also made a visit with the Dolphins, and has also been linked to the Cowboys and Vikings.

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Christopher Price

With free agency wrapping up, here’s a look at the Patriots and the latest involving their own unrestricted free agents:

Cornerback Darrelle Revis: Signed a five-year contract with the Jets worth $70 million, with $39 million in fully guaranteed money.
Cornerback Brandon Browner: The defensive back, who did not see his option picked up by New England, signed with the Saints, agreeing to a three-year deal worth roughly $18 million.
Safety Devin McCourty: The defensive back was not franchised, but ended up returning to the Patriots with a five-year deal worth $47.5 million, with $28.5 million guaranteed.
Offensive lineman Dan Connolly: Connolly had a visit with the Bucs this week, and has been linked with a few other teams, including the Dolphins. But at this point, he remains on the open market.
Kicker Stephen Gostkowski: Gostkowski was franchised, and has signed his tender. He will make $4.59 million in 2015, and is expected to be the highest-paid kicker in the league.
Running back Shane Vereen: Vereen signed a three-year, $12 million deal with the Giants with $5 million guaranteed.
Running back Stevan Ridley: Ridley has visited with the Dolphins, and has also been linked with the Vikings and Cowboys..
Linebacker Chris White: White re-signed with the Patriots, but no contract updates have been released.
Long snapper Danny Aiken: No updates.
Linebacker Akeem Ayers: Ayers parlayed a strong start with the Patriots into a two-year deal with the Rams.
Linebacker Jonathan Casillas: Casillas got a three-year $10.5 million deal from the Giants.
Defensive lineman Alan Branch: The veteran re-upped with the Patriots, signing a two-year, $6.6 million contract to remain in New England.
Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork: The veteran did not have his option picked up, and signed a deal with the Texans.

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Christopher Price

Alexander Bradley, a former friend of Aaron Hernandez who claims the ex-Patriots receiver shot him in the face, took the stand in Hernandez’s murder trial Wednesday to bolster the prosecution’s case.

Alexander Bradley, a former friend of Aaron Hernandez who claims the ex-Patriots receiver shot him in the face, took the stand in Hernandez’s murder trial Wednesday to bolster the prosecution’s case.

Earlier in the week the defense unsuccessfully attempted to have Bradley’s testimony blocked. However, the judge ruled that Bradley is not allowed to discuss the February 2013 incident in Florida in which Bradley says Hernandez shot him after the two left a nightclub.

On the stand Wednesday, Bradley said that while in Florida he saw Hernandez in possession of what appeared to be a black Glock gun — the same type of gun that was used in the killing of Odin Lloyd. Bradley also said Hernandez kept a silver semi-automatic pistol alongside marijuana in a small safe in the basement of his North Attleboro home.

Earlier this week Hernandez’s fiancee testified that Hernandez called her the day after Odin Lloyd’s murder and asked her to remove a box from the basement of their home. Shayanna Jenkins testified that she put the box in a garbage bag, covered it with baby clothes and then drove to a dumpster and threw it away — although she can’t remember the location of the dumpster. Prosecutors have suggested the box may have contained the murder weapon, which has not been found.

Bradley also said Hernandez was concerned about law enforcement keeping an eye on him. In testimony before the jury was brought in, Bradley said of Hernandez: “Often he thought he was being followed by helicopter or tailed by police.” The judge ruled Bradley could not repeat that assertion to the jury.

Bradley added that Hernandez had a difficult time trusting people, often assuming that people were trying to use him.

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Jerry Spar

WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2015 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

Eric Rowe (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Eric Rowe (right) appears likely to be a safety in the NFL, and his combine numbers ranked him among the top in that position. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

ERIC ROWE

Position: Cornerback

School: Utah

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 201 pounds

Achievements: 2014 All-Pac-12 honorable mention, 2013 Academic All-Pac-12 honorable mention, 2012 All-Pac-12 honorable mention, 2011 Football Writers of America Freshman All-America first team

What he brings: Rowe has experience as both a cornerback and a safety, and many scouts believe that he will end up at safety in the NFL. As a corner, he is expected to be able to use his larger frame to disrupt receivers throughout their routes and to consistently stay with all but the fastest and most athletic NFL receivers. Scouts like his ability to win 50-50 balls as he is often able to get his hand on passes, but they would like to see him haul in some more potential interceptions. He considered to be a good tackler and is physical in run defense. There are concerns that he may take too many penalties in coverage and might get fooled by quicker, athletic receivers.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 3-5

Notes: Rowe played safety in his first three seasons with the Utes but moved to cornerback before the 2014 season. He recorded 57 tackles and an interception in 2014. Rowe was a standout at the combine, where he worked out as a safety. He finished first among safeties in the three-cone drill (6.70 seconds), first in the 20-yard shuttle (3.97 seconds), second in the 40-yard dash (4.45 seconds), second in the vertical jump (39 inches), third in the broad jump (10 feet, 5 inches), fourth in the bench press (19 reps) and fifth in the 60-yard shuttle (11.48 seconds).

Related articles:

Deseret News: Rowe’s combine performance shows ability

Video: Here’s Rowe’s interception for a TD against Washington State in September 2014.

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Nik Beimler