Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports that the Buccaneers previously made a “strong pitch” to free agent Dan Connolly, which included the opportunity to play alongside of his former teammate Logan Mankins.
However, Connolly’s reportedly reluctant to either uproot or be away from his family, which led to him turning down the Buccaneers.
According to Reiss, Connolly could have been enticed to re-sign with the Patriots, but it appears as though New England isn’t all that interested in bringing him back.
As of now, Reiss wouldn’t be surprised to see Connolly call it a career and go out on top as a Super Bowl champion.
Connolly, 32, originally signed on with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of Southeast Missouri State back in 2005. He spent a little over a year with Jacksonville before he was waived and later caught on with the Patriots.
In 2014, Connolly appeared in 13 games for the Patriots and played a total of 630 snaps. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the N0. 72 guard out of 78 qualifying players.