BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots made some moves on Thursday morning, signing veteran tight end Bo Scaife and releasing defensive end Markell Carter, tight end Nick Melillo and offensive lineman Jon Opperud.
Scaife, 31, has spent his six-year NFL career with the Tennessee Titans. His most productive season came in 2008, when he caught 58 passes for 561 yards and two touchdowns for the 13-3 Titans, though he did haul in a career-high four touchdowns in 2010, his last season playing. He did not play last season after signing with the Bengals due to a shoulder injury. In his career, he has 251 catches, 2,383 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in 90 games.
Scaife joins a tight end crew that includes Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Daniel Fells.
Carter, 22, spent last season on the Patriots’ practice squad after the team drafted him in the sixth round of the 2011 draft.
Melillo and Opperud were both undrafted free agents.
In non-official news, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported that free-agent defensive end Andre Carter was present in Foxboro on Thursday morning. Carter was a key part of the Patriots’ defense last season, but a torn quad ended his year prematurely.