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Oct 1, 2018; Denver, CO: Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Allen Bailey against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Oct 1, 2018; Denver, CO: Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Allen Bailey against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

According to a report by ESPN’s Mike Reiss from the NFL league meeting in Phoenix, the Patriots are still in talks with free-agent defensive tackle Allen Bailey. He’s ostensibly deciding between the Pats and a return to the Chiefs.

The Patriots reportedly hosted Bailey for a visit shortly after the start of NFL free agency. The veteran defensive lineman turned 30 years old on Monday and is apparently choosing between two opportunities to contend for the Super Bowl.

Perhaps it’s coming down to money. That could be where the Patriots ultimately lose out to Kansas City. But Bailey would certainly fit in nicely as a presence on the defensive interior. Replacing Danny Shelton remains one of the team’s top remaining offseason priorities.

FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 14: Allen Bailey of the Kansas City Chiefs recovers a fumble in the third quarter of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

FOXBOROUGH, MA – OCTOBER 14: Allen Bailey of the Kansas City Chiefs recovers a fumble in the third quarter of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Money shouldn’t be an issue for the Pats now, though, after tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement. If they land Bailey, the defense might be pretty much set for 2019. Besides whoever comes in via the draft, of course.

Tight end has suddenly become an area where the Patriots could stand to improve through free agency or trade, along with wide receiver and swing tackle.

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