New England Patriots

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 02: Akeem Spence #93 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates after the play during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

The Patriots always keep an emergency list of free agents in the event that they need to bring someone in at a position of need on short notice. The latest free agent to visit the Patriots for this purpose is defensive tackle Akeem Spence, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

Spence may sound familiar to you, because he’s been in the NFL since the 2013 season and has played in the AFC East. Originally coming into the league as a fourth-round pick of the Buccaneers, Spence played four seasons in Tampa Bay before playing one with the Lions and one with the Dolphins. He split the 2019 season between the Jaguars and Eagles, and has spent the 2020 league year as an unrestricted free agent.

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Still just 28 years old, Spence stands at 6-foot-1 and 303 pounds and may have something left to contribute for Bill Belichick and the Patriots. The Pats have been hurting for depth at defensive tackle all season, as Lawrence Guy and Adam Butler have both had to work through injuries. The Patriots recently signed Carl Davis to shore up the position.

It wouldn’t be surprising if the Patriots ultimately signed Spence as well, especially if health continues to be an issue on the depth chart.

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