Pats close to signing TE Alge Crumpler

The Boston Globe’s blog “Extra Points” is reporting that the Patriots have reached an agreement with free agent tight end Alge Crumpler. The Pats hosted Crumpler on a free agent visit a week or so ago and are finally reaching an agreement for the tight end to join a depleted group. Crumpler, however, only partially fills a big need on the team. He is a great blocking TE but lacks the ability to be a receiving threat like he used to be. Regardless, this is an improvement to the team as they have added a more physical presence to the offense. Crumpler played a large role helping Titans RB Chris Johnson get to 2,000 yards and he likely will be opening some holes for whoever is running the ball in New England, as well as keeping Tom Brady upright.

There are still rumblings about a possible trade for Chicago TE Greg Olsen. Olsen, if acquired, would add a big pass-catching threat to the offense, something they haven’t gotten from the tight end position since Ben Coates.

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