FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that they have signed free agent TE Lance Kendricks. Terms of the contract were not announced. In addition OL Brian Schwenke was placed on the reserve/retired list.
Kendricks, 31, is a veteran of eight NFL seasons with the St. Louis/L.A. Rams (2011-16) and the Green Bay Packers (2017-18). The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder originally entered the NFL as a 2011 second-round draft pick (47th overall) by the St. Louis Rams out of Wisconsin. Kendricks signed with Green Bay as a free agent on March 11, 2017.
Overall, Kendricks has played in 125 regular-season games with 91 starts and totaled 241 receptions for 2,505 yards and 19 touchdowns. Last season with the Packers he played in all 16 games with three starts and posted 19 receptions for 170 yards and one touchdown.
Schwenke, 28, was originally drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round (107th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of California. The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder played five seasons for Tennessee (2013-17) and one season for the Patriots in 2018 after joining the team during training camp last season. Overall, Schwenke played in 60 career games with 30 starts over his six-year career. Last season, he appeared in three regular-season contests for New England before being placed on injured reserve on Nov. 6, 2018.