The Patriots have signed Safety Brandon McGowan. McGowan started 9 games in 2007 totaling 68 tackles and 2 interceptions. Last season he was limited to two games because of an injury. He will compete with Sanders, Meriweather and Chung for playing time. He provides depth at the safety position but as of right now it looks like he is the fourth wheel. The Pats also have Tank Williams who they are trying to convert to LB but is safety by trade. So McGowan looks like he will have to fight just to make the roster. But he is an intriguing player because he was a starter on a solid bears defense.
However this probaly spells doom for Rodney Harrison. Harrison still is not signed and with the addition of Chung and McGowan there is not much room for Harrison. I would love to see Harrison back on the squad to mentor the young safetys and playing on running downs but its looking more and more like he wont be returning.