New England Patriots

Jul 26, 2019; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Lenzy Pipkins (41) covers wide receiver Rashard Higgins (81) during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Patriots have made their first free-agent signing of the offseason with a depth addition to the defensive backfield. Per ESPN’s Field Yates, they’re adding free-agent defensive back Lenzy Pipkins.

Last with the Browns, Pipkins did not play a game in 2019 after Cleveland released him during final roster cuts. He previously played for the Lions, Colts, and Packers. The 26-year-old came into the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2017.

Pipkins stands at 6 feet, 196 pounds, and figures to battle for a spot on the back end of the 2020 roster in the spring. But considering the Patriots’ considerable depth in the secondary, particularly at cornerback, Pipkins will likely enter offseason workouts as a long shot to make the team.

At cornerback, the Patriots have an option to keep Jason McCourty for 2020. They also have 2019 Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore, as well as plenty of youth and upside on the depth chart with Jonathan Jones, J.C. Jackson, and Joejuan Williams. They also have undrafted free agent D’Angelo Ross, who spent his rookie season on injured reserve.

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