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BOSTON (CBS) – The New England Patriots have a great duo of tight ends at Tom Brady’s disposal, but that is about to become a trio.
The Patriots are ready to sign tight end Daniel Fells, according to the Boston Herald.
The 6-4, 252-pound Fells will be in New England for a workout on Monday, and a Herald source said he did not plan on leaving without a contract. The undrafted California-Davis produced worked out for the Patriots prior to the 2010 season, but was not signed.
ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss is reporting the Patriots and Fell will agree to a three-year deal, according to sources, worth roughly $2 million per season with a chance at more based on escalators.
The 28-year-old Fells spent last season in Denver after playing for the St. Louis Rams his first three NFL seasons. In 2011, Fells hauled in 19 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns. He has 88 career receptions for 1,001 yards and eight scores in 58 games.
Fells will slide into the third tight end spot and play an Alge Crumpler-type roll, serving mostly as a blocking tight end. This will free up Aaron Hernandez to focus more on the passing game, as the two-year player has struggled a bit with his blocking.