According to Mike Reiss, the Patriots worked out TE Rob Housler and CB Tharold Simon on Tuesday.
Housler, 27, is a former third-round pick of the Cardinals who played out his rookie contract with the team. The Browns wound up signing him to a one-year, $1.76 million contract back in April of last year, but Cleveland wound up waiving him from their injured reserve.
The Bears later signed him to a contract and decided to extend him for another year in March. Unfortunately, Chicago elected to release him in September.
Housler has worked out for the Raiders, Packers, and Colts since becoming a free agent but was not signed to a contract.
In 2015, Housler appeared in 10 games and recording four receptions for 33 yards receiving and no touchdowns.
Simon, 25, is a former fifth-round pick of the Seahawks back in 2013. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $2.367 million rookie contract and stands to make a base salary $675,000 for the 2016 season.
The Seahawks waived him a few weeks into the regular season and was later claimed off of waivers by the Cardinals. Arizona recently decided to waive him to make room for CB Harlan Miller.
The Ravens and Dolphins also worked him out last week but did not sign him to a deal.
While Simon has shown some ability in the past, he’s dealt with numerous injuries since entering the NFL, which has led to him appearing in just 20 total games.
In 2016, Simon has appeared in nine games and recorded six tackles and no interception