WEEI.com has confirmed a report the Patriots are interested in acquiring Oakland’s Derrick Burgess. The deal would send Burgess to New England in exchange for a second- or third-round pick in 2010. The story was initially reported by ESPN. The move would appear to fill the need for a pass-rusher that opened when outside linebacker Mike Vrabel was traded to Kansas City. The 30-year-old has 38½ sacks over the last four seasons in Oakland, including a franchise-record 16 in 2005. The two-time Pro Bowler is entering the final year of his contract, and is reportedly seeking a new deal — he has stayed away from voluntary workouts lately to show his displeasure. For more Patriots' updates, check out our football blog, "It Is What It Is ."