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Old 08-10-2009, 02:46 PM   #1131
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New England's pursuit of a backup defensive lineman is now focusing on Vonnie Holliday.

Holliday is taking a free-agent visit with the Patriots on Monday, one source told first reported last week that New England also was courting free agent Kevin Carter in at attempt to bolster its line rotation behind starting ends Ty Warren and Richard Seymour.

Holliday and Carter were teammates in Miami in 2005 and 2006. Holliday, 33, also played the last two seasons with the Dolphins, starting 15 games in 2008. He was released in March after refusing to accept a pay cut. Interest in Holliday was tempered earlier this offseason because he was recovering from knee surgery.

An 11-year NFL veteran, Holliday has started 141 games since entering the league as Green Bay's first-round draft choice in 1998.

The Patriots have added a slew of veterans this offseason that include defensive end/outside linebacker Derrick Burgess, wide receiver Joey Galloway and running back Fred Taylor.
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