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Report: Former Colt TE Clark visits Pats

According to the Boston Globe, former Colts Pro Bowl tight end and Peyton Manning favorite Dallas Clark had a free agent visit with the Patriots on Tuesday.


Clark has battled injuries over the last two seasons, playing in just 17 total games. That showed up in his production. After catching a career-best 100 passes in 16 starts in 2009, his receptions fell to 37 in 2010 (although those came is just six games) and 34 last season in 11 games.

The 6-3, 252-pound former Iowa star is a veteran of nine NFL seasons. The Colts released Clark in early March.

Clark wouldn't seem to make much sense for the Patriots at this point. The team has arguably the best tight end in the game in Rob Gronkowski and a much younger, better version of Clark in Aaron Hernandez. New England also added Daniel Fells as a third tight end through free agency.

I've also never been much of a Clark fan. In my opinion he's always been overrated and a product of the Manning-led passing attack. He also drops way too many balls for my liking.

But he's an intriguing name to consider and could be a guy to add to New England's emergency list if an injury were to cause a depth issue at the position. If healthy, I could certainly see the aging Clark lining up in the slot in the Patriots version of the spread offense.

My guess is that we'll never see Clark in a Patriots uniform.

What do you think of the Clark visit? Would you like to see him in New England? Let us know with a comment below!

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