Despite boasting arguably one of the best tight-end tandems in the history of the NFL, the New England Patriots are adding veteran depth at the position.
After visiting with the Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks over the past month, Visanthe Shiancoe has decided to ink a one-year deal with the Pats, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole.
Terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed, but one would assume that Shiancoe will serve as nothing more than insurance for the team and a blocker in special situations. With Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez serving as vital pieces to Tom Brady's arsenal, Shiancoe will enter training camp third on the depth chart. The Patriots' other tight end, Daniel Fells, is currently on the Active/Physically Unable to Preform (PUP) list.
The 32-year-old Shiancoe, a 10-year NFL veteran, had some great years with the Minnesota Vikings, compiling 208 receptions for 2,424 yards and 24 touchdowns, including 11 TD receptions in 2009 playing alongside Brett Favre. Given the presence of Gronkowski and Hernandez on the Pats' roster, though, it's very unlikely that Shiancoe will reach that level of production in 2012.