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Patriots sign Visanthe Shiancoe


Visanthe Shiancoe is heading to New England.

After drawing interest from both the Patriots and the Eagles, Shiancoe has signed this evening with the Patriots. A league source tells PFT it’s a one-year, $1.2 million deal with $400,000 guaranteed and another $800,000 in incentives.

A free agent tight end who has played the last five seasons with the Vikings, Shiancoe started 14 games in Minnesota and caught 36 passes for 409 yards last season. The 32-year-old Shiancoe has played all 16 games every season of his nine-year NFL career.

In New England, Shiancoe joins a very crowded tight end depth chart that also includes Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, plus two players currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list, Daniel Fells and Jake Ballard.

With Shiancoe now in New England, the Eagles may turn their attention toward free agent tight end Jeremy Shockey, whom they were considering bringing in for a visit today before calling that meeting off when Shiancoe came for a visit.