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Report: Dallas Clark wants to play this season, could sign this week

Jo-Lonn Dunbar,  Dallas Clark

St. Louis Rams outside linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar (58) tackles Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Dallas Clark (44) during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. The Rams won 28-13. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)


We haven’t heard much about veteran tight end Dallas Clark this offseason, but it looks as if the former Colt and Buccaneer is back on the radar.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Clark intends to play this season, which would be his 11th as an NFL player. Schefter also reports that Clark could sign a deal to join a team this week.

There’s no mention of what team might be interested in signing Clark, but the two teams that played in last year’s AFC Championship Game each make some sense. The Ravens lost Dennis Pitta for the year and Ed Dickson is sidelined at present by a hamstring injury, but Clark’s receiving ability could come in handy even when Dickson is back in the lineup. The Patriots don’t know when Rob Gronkowski will be on the field after back surgery and Aaron Hernandez is in prison, so New England could revisit a player they visited with when he was a free agent in 2012.

Clark has 474 catches and 50 touchdowns over the course of his career and played all 16 games with the Bucs last season.