Even as a two-time Pro Bowler, Derrick Burgess is not a familiar name to Patriots followers. But those familiar with the Raiders DE, whom the Patriots have explored acquiring in a trade, say he'd improve them. According to league sources, the Patriots discussed a deal for Burgess as far back as the draft. Oakland's asking price - a 2nd- or 3rd-round pick, according to reports - might have derailed a deal. Still, the 30-year-old Burgess, who is in the final year of a five-year deal and carries a $2 million base salary for 2009, might be the Patriots' best option for a proven pass rusher after losing out on Jason Taylor.Taylor told the Miami media yesterday that he did talk to the Patriots.
Burgess seen as nice fit
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