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Report: Dallas Clark visited Patriots on Tuesday

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Former Colts tight end Dallas Clark has been linked to multiple teams.  The latest is the least likely.

Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe reports that Clark visited the Patriots on Tuesday.

Yes, the Patriots.  Who have Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

On Monday, Peter King of SI.com characterized the Chiefs as the clubhouse leaders for Clark’s services.  It could be that Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli’s former boss, Bill Belichick, simply decided that, if Pioli sees something in Clark, maybe there’s something there that could help the Pats.

Even though they don’t seem to need it.

Clark has missed 15 games over the past two seasons due to injury.  In fact, he has only appeared in all 16 games only once in his career — the 2009 season, which also was his best season statistically, with 100 catches for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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  1. bucup says: May 18, 2012 2:06 PM

    Washed up.

  2. fijabbersman345 says: May 18, 2012 2:07 PM

    Alright, Pats…just because a player is 34+ and on the down swing doesn’t mean that you have to sign him. There is literally no reason to sign Dallas Clark to be a #3 behind Gronk and Hernandez.

  3. dasportsninja says: May 18, 2012 2:08 PM

    He had a good thing with Peyton Manning. Best place for him now would be Denever. Anywhere else will just prove that he was a product of the system in Indy.

  4. khuxford says: May 18, 2012 2:08 PM

    This is just to try to trick the Jets into signing him…

  5. cannonballdookie says: May 18, 2012 2:11 PM

    Wish he would actually go to a team that could use a TE instead of being third string on New England or Kansas City. He still might have something left.

    Teams like Miami, NYG, Buffalo, Chicago, or St Louis can use an extra TE who can make plays in the passing game.

  6. captainwisdom8888 says: May 18, 2012 2:13 PM

    I don’t see any reason for Dallas Clark to fear the likes of Joel Dreessen or Jacob Tamme in Denver. I’ve been assuming this whole time that he would simply follow Peyton…and why not?

  7. phreakin says: May 18, 2012 2:17 PM

    Mark my words, he gets a 2 year deal with the Cardinals by the end of the weekend

  8. liljere24 says: May 18, 2012 2:28 PM

    Product of the system aka Peyton Manning

  9. all4patriots says: May 18, 2012 2:35 PM

    Maybe some of the games he missed last year were part of the effort to draft Andrew Luck?

    LOL… upgrading competition for the 6th pass catcher spot, having 5 already with over 900 yards each LAST YEAR, and nearly 6,000 yards total.

    Welker-Lloyd-Gronk-Hernandez-Gaffney

  10. bullcharger says: May 18, 2012 2:36 PM

    If the offense is dependant on pass catching TEs and one get’s hurt it would make sense to have some back-ups. Gronk’s injury against Baltimore was a killer for the Superbowl.

    Then again… maybe Belichick is inventing the 4 TE set. ;-)

  11. buddybowl69 says: May 18, 2012 2:38 PM

    The Giants are a dynasty like no other. They will win every game from here on out, no competition at all. All are welcome to jump on the bandwagon and ride it to eternal victory. All other fans are fools, and will be rooting for substandard teams that will be laid awaste of the mighty Giants dynasty.

  12. cnyphinfan says: May 18, 2012 2:41 PM

    Guys you are all off here……….he makes perfect sense in New England. They have two healthy stud TEs – what they don’t have is an old TE that will be unhealthy!! Boom! Problem solved! Belichick is great at filling holes even in his injury report!!!

  13. xli2006 says: May 18, 2012 2:44 PM

    Was one of the great modern Receiving TEs, but injuries have unfortunately not been kind to Dallas.

    Shocked he didn’t go to Denver though.

    I’d like to seem him get a chance somewhere even if it’s the Patriots. One of the “good guys” and a fan favorite in Indy, just a casualty of age/contract/injuries for where the Colts are currently.

  14. lovemyqueens says: May 18, 2012 2:47 PM

    My friend is on a texting basis with him. He sent her a plain white T with his autograph because he’s not signed with a team yet.

    How adorable is that.

  15. lolb23 says: May 18, 2012 2:47 PM

    He always wanted to be a Patriot.

  16. radrntn says: May 18, 2012 2:51 PM

    New England……the new place for has beens

  17. polamalurulz43 says: May 18, 2012 2:52 PM

    Great, sign another TE that McSpaniel will not use. Check the numbers folks, all years at Pats OC helm and thereafter. Then add Lloyd to the mix and you get what? That’s right, substantially diminished TE production. Unless McD changes his system in the most unprecedented of ways, the TEs will catch TDs but not get the looks, receptions or yards that they did last year, which by the way were also a historical skew.

  18. tomeffnbrady says: May 18, 2012 2:53 PM

    gronk and clark in the redzone both have amazing hands so I understand the idea. buutt im not sure he’ll beat out fells in camp.

  19. p31squared says: May 18, 2012 2:56 PM

    What’s up with the Pats picking up old Colts castoffs from a 2-14 season?
    Addai. Check.
    Gonzo. Check.
    Clark. Check.
    Pats on their way down?
    Check.

  20. fijabbersman345 says: May 18, 2012 3:00 PM

    buddybowl69 says:May 18, 2012 2:38 PM

    The Giants are a dynasty like no other. They will win every game from here on out, no competition at all. All are welcome to jump on the bandwagon and ride it to eternal victory. All other fans are fools, and will be rooting for substandard teams that will be laid awaste of the mighty Giants dynasty.

    ——————————————–

    I swear, if Giants fans start acting like Steelers fans who troll on every one of these boards with their “holier than thou even though I’ve never played in the NFL” schmick, somebody is going to pay.

  21. chitown26 says: May 18, 2012 3:01 PM

    Wait, why isn’t this guy a Bronco yet?

  22. grogantomorgan says: May 18, 2012 3:03 PM

    khuxford says:
    May 18, 2012 2:08 PM
    This is just to try to trick the Jets into signing him…

    ———————————————

    +1

    The Pats don’t need shrapnel sitting on the bench.

  23. fxws says: May 18, 2012 3:05 PM

    The Pats couldn’t get Manning to unleash Belichick’s dual QB offense so they decided to get everyone else that left the Colts.

  24. blue18hutthutt says: May 18, 2012 3:11 PM

    What people don’t realize is that there are reports out there that Clark’s career really might be over – the freak wrist injury he sustained in 2010 has never properly healed and he had several drops last year that hit him right in the hands.

    If he was healthy, given how productive he was in the past, he would’ve signed already. His injury is alot more serious than people realize.

  25. soya88 says: May 18, 2012 3:17 PM

    “liljere24 says:

    Product of the system aka Peyton Manning”

    That’s why he won the Mackey award in college for best TE and was first team all american? It was because of Peyton Manning/ the system?

  26. bozosforall says: May 18, 2012 3:35 PM

    liljere24 says:
    May 18, 2012 2:28 PM
    Product of the system aka Peyton Manning

    __
    If anything, it is Tom Brady who has shown that he is a product of the system. Matt Cassel, who has otherwise looked like crap in KC, had a pretty good season as Brady’s replacement in Belichick’s system.

  27. homelanddefense says: May 18, 2012 3:36 PM

    Funny how everyone who played with Peyton ends up getting called a system guy….James, Wayne, Harrison, Clark. When they were actually really good weapons that Manning took advantage of.

  28. lucky5934 says: May 18, 2012 3:41 PM

    Thanks for the info Soya88. I never knew that about Clark. It is easy to say Manning made Clark into an all-star. Clark still had to be a good player though for Manning to trust him and rely on him time and time again. I really wish the Giants would sign him to a deal. We do not have a reliable (And healthy) pass catching threat from the TE position.

  29. jacksaysfu says: May 18, 2012 3:53 PM

    @buddybowl : First off the Giants aren’t a dynasty . Secondly your team went 9-7 , including 2 spankings from the lowly Redskins . Your team got hot at the right time (golf clap) , but you didn’t even finish over .500 in your own division last year . So maybe you should pump the breaks on how unbeatable your team is . I highly doubt you’ll even win the East this year .

  30. fsf7 says: May 18, 2012 4:05 PM

    bozosforall

    If anything, it is Tom Brady who has shown that he is a product of the system. Matt Cassel, who has otherwise looked like crap in KC, had a pretty good season as Brady’s replacement in Belichick’s system.

    ——————

    27 TDs and 7 INTs to make a Pro Bowl hardly looks like crap. What planet are you from – but your name explains a lot.

  31. homelanddefense says: May 18, 2012 4:15 PM

    bozosforall says: May 18, 2012 3:35 PM

    liljere24 says:
    May 18, 2012 2:28 PM
    Product of the system aka Peyton Manning

    __
    If anything, it is Tom Brady who has shown that he is a product of the system. Matt Cassel, who has otherwise looked like crap in KC, had a pretty good season as Brady’s replacement in Belichick’s system.
    __________________________________

    This is such a tired and ignorant point. First off in 2010 Cassell (with the Chiefs) had the best season of his career, better than in NE. 27TD 7 INT and a 93 rating.

    Second Cassell took the SAME TEAM Brady had in 2007 that went 16-0 and went 11-5. 5 games worse.

    In 2007 Brady threw 50TD to 8 INT and threw for over 4800 yards. QB rating of 117.2

    Cassell had the same weapons in 2008 and 21 TD (less than half of brady) and 11 ints (3 INTS more than Brady) and 3693 yards (1100 less) QB rating of 89.4

    Brady came back the next year on a rebuilt knee and had a better year than Cassell’s 2008with different weapons.

    Cassell’s career QB rating is 82.5 so he was barely better than his career average that one year on a stacked team.

    Hate Brady and the Pats all you want, but dont make these pointless arguments.

  32. nspatriot says: May 18, 2012 4:23 PM

    If they sign him it is for one reason. This is what I call a John Lynch signing. Sign him and cut him just to prove a point to some players. That is IF they sign him. That I doubt. Smoke screens.

  33. 6ball says: May 18, 2012 4:30 PM

    .

    @p31squared

    “what’s with all the ex Colts?”

    Belichick likes to acquire players who have performed well in game situations versus the Patriots. Addai, Gonzales, and Clarke fit that criteria.

    Welker is the poster child for that philosophy. He used to whip the patriots defense and special teams singlehandedly.

    .

  34. bozosforall says: May 18, 2012 4:53 PM

    fsf7 says:
    May 18, 2012 4:05 PM
    bozosforall

    If anything, it is Tom Brady who has shown that he is a product of the system. Matt Cassel, who has otherwise looked like crap in KC, had a pretty good season as Brady’s replacement in Belichick’s system.

    ——————

    27 TDs and 7 INTs to make a Pro Bowl hardly looks like crap. What planet are you from – but your name explains a lot.
    __
    Sandwiched by two crappy seasons. But let’s ignore that like a typical idiot Pats fan would (even if you aren’t one yourself). Let’s also forget that the Chiefs took a serious shot at getting Manning this past off-season.

  35. bozosforall says: May 18, 2012 4:56 PM

    homelanddefense says:
    May 18, 2012 4:15 PM
    bozosforall says: May 18, 2012 3:35 PM

    liljere24 says:
    May 18, 2012 2:28 PM
    Product of the system aka Peyton Manning

    __
    If anything, it is Tom Brady who has shown that he is a product of the system. Matt Cassel, who has otherwise looked like crap in KC, had a pretty good season as Brady’s replacement in Belichick’s system.
    __________________________________

    This is such a tired and ignorant point. First off in 2010 Cassell (with the Chiefs) had the best season of his career, better than in NE. 27TD 7 INT and a 93 rating.

    Second Cassell took the SAME TEAM Brady had in 2007 that went 16-0 and went 11-5. 5 games worse.

    In 2007 Brady threw 50TD to 8 INT and threw for over 4800 yards. QB rating of 117.2

    Cassell had the same weapons in 2008 and 21 TD (less than half of brady) and 11 ints (3 INTS more than Brady) and 3693 yards (1100 less) QB rating of 89.4

    Brady came back the next year on a rebuilt knee and had a better year than Cassell’s 2008with different weapons.

    Cassell’s career QB rating is 82.5 so he was barely better than his career average that one year on a stacked team.

    Hate Brady and the Pats all you want, but dont make these pointless arguments.

    __
    Pointless argument? Please, child…compare that differential to the one that resulted from the Colts’ past season’s performance. They go from playoffs every season with Manning to the worst record in the NFL last season. Hate on ME all you want to, but don’t try and pretend that in a direct comparison between Manning and Brady that (of the two) Brady is more the system QB.

  36. rushmatic says: May 18, 2012 5:49 PM

    radrntn says: May 18, 2012 2:51 PM

    New England……the new place for has beens

    __________________

    Cute.

    Especially from a Raider fan, whose franchise traded an arm and a leg for Carson Palmer.

  37. patsfanva says: May 18, 2012 5:52 PM

    Both guys were hurt for some time last year. Seems like a good way to insure two healthy pass catching TEs on the field at all times.

  38. tigerlilac says: May 18, 2012 6:07 PM

    This visit is typical Belichick. Bill looks for value, whether it be in late round draft picks, rookie free agents, or veterans that can be added to the roster at a significant discount. Belichick believes in a deep roster and knows injuries are part of the game. He also believes in competition. Money being relatively equal, the savy vet would rather suit up with the Patriots and win than struggle through losing despite more playing time. A guy like Clark would likely be held off the roster due to injury early in the season with the expectation that he would be added to the 52-man roster before his eligibility ran out. Who would you rather have replacing an injured tight end, a rookie from the practice squad or Dallas Clarke coming off the injured list?

  39. TheWizard says: May 18, 2012 6:31 PM

    bozosforall says:

    Is this some 14 year old girl that can’t cut it on twitter?

    Constant name calling, etc.

    One of the mod’s daughters, perhaps?

    Explain please.

  40. descendency says: May 18, 2012 7:01 PM

    You knew he was washed up when Denver didn’t pursue him.

    All NE is doing is building their emergency list of players to pursue in case of an injury.

  41. tigerlilac says: May 18, 2012 7:24 PM

    TheWizard says:

    “Explain please.”

    Bozo is a habitual stalker of all Patriot threads despite hating the Patriots and all things New England. I can’t explain why the site allows his juvenile name calling but he tends not to offer an original thought so most of us ignore his posts.

  42. bozosforall says: May 18, 2012 8:09 PM

    tigerlilac says:
    May 18, 2012 7:24 PM
    TheWizard says:

    “Explain please.”

    Bozo is a habitual stalker of all Patriot threads despite hating the Patriots and all things New England. I can’t explain why the site allows his juvenile name calling but he tends not to offer an original thought so most of us ignore his posts.

    __
    Yeah, crybaby…you guys “ignore” me. That’s why I constantly have countless responses to my posts.

    And the site “allows” the namecalling for the same reason why they allow New England sports fans to namecall Jets, Giants, Lakers, Yankees and all of their other rival fan posts here.

    BTW, I don’t “hate” the Patriots…I merely dislike you New England idiots. Note that I am rarely critical of the players themselves…mostly because, like the rest of the posters here, I don’t interact with them (and don’t pretend to know them or to be a part of the team like some of you idiots).

  43. bozosforall says: May 18, 2012 8:10 PM

    TheWizard says:
    May 18, 2012 6:31 PM
    bozosforall says:

    Is this some 14 year old girl that can’t cut it on twitter?

    Constant name calling, etc.

    One of the mod’s daughters, perhaps?

    Explain please.

    __
    I’ve often wondered the same things regarding all of the idiotic New England sports fans who post here. Probably the real explanation here.

  44. dfwbillsfan14221 says: May 18, 2012 8:36 PM

    Seems to me he could be a perfect fit with the Bills. Just sayin… Not huge $$$ though.

  45. raiderapologist says: May 18, 2012 8:51 PM

    Oakland could use a receiving tight end. I’m surprised they haven’t tried to land him, unless there’s scuttlebutt about his health.

  46. habsman says: May 18, 2012 9:11 PM

    Welker traded for a first round choice, Hernandez moves into the slot, Clarke fills second tight end/H-back role.

    Shiney, clean Lombari number 4 soon to be TUCKED safely away.

  47. khuxford says: May 18, 2012 9:40 PM

    @habsman: You demonstrate your crack addiction right from the first part of your poor excuse for a sentence: no team is paying a 1st for a slot receiver, no matter how good Welker’s stats have been.

  48. pastabelly says: May 18, 2012 9:50 PM

    The Patriots already signed a backup tight end in Daniel Fells. That was a pretty solid signing. Clark would back up Hernandez at the H.

  49. TheWizard says: May 18, 2012 9:51 PM

    BTW, I don’t “hate” the Patriots…I merely dislike you New England idiots

    I see. It’s your viagra. Helps with your little….problem.

    Carry on.

  50. laserrocketarm12 says: May 18, 2012 11:21 PM

    I’m not a huge Clark fan (and I love in Iowa) but I think my Raider Nation should accept him with arms wide open. Who even is their starting TE? Can’t hurt to take a look.

  51. jimiinpa says: May 19, 2012 12:11 AM

    new england , the new oakland. haven for old , washed up players

  52. ravenzoverskinz says: May 19, 2012 12:32 AM

    Would be a good move for the young TE’s to see how a real Veteran TE approaches the game. PATS will do it because the Gronk is a little biotch and has to grow up someday so why not this summer!

  53. bozosforall says: May 19, 2012 1:57 AM

    TheWizard says:
    May 18, 2012 9:51 PM
    BTW, I don’t “hate” the Patriots…I merely dislike you New England idiots

    I see. It’s your viagra. Helps with your little….problem.

    Carry on.

    _____
    No problem at all. Not like you limp-d!ck New England doofuses.

    But if trolling rival teams was what you imply, that would explain the Boston fans’ nearly 100 year obsession with the unparalleled success of the New York Yankee baseball team. Turned out generations of whiny losers up there in New England.

  54. pksoze says: May 19, 2012 8:11 AM

    buddybowl69 says:May 18, 2012 2:38 PM

    The Giants are a dynasty like no other. They will win every game from here on out, no competition at all. All are welcome to jump on the bandwagon and ride it to eternal victory. All other fans are fools, and will be rooting for substandard teams that will be laid awaste of the mighty Giants dynasty.

    ——————————————–

    I swear, if Giants fans start acting like Steelers fans who troll on every one of these boards with their “holier than thou even though I’ve never played in the NFL” schmick, somebody is going to pay.

    ———————————-

    Don’t worry about that this buddybowl69 is an Eagles fan. I guess his new method of trolling is acting like a self-entitled Giants fan. However it wasn’t the Giants fans or players that called themselves the dream team.

  55. homelanddefense says: May 19, 2012 11:18 AM

    bozosforall says: May 18, 2012 4:56 PM

    homelanddefense says:
    May 18, 2012 4:15 PM
    bozosforall says: May 18, 2012 3:35 PM

    liljere24 says:
    May 18, 2012 2:28 PM
    Product of the system aka Peyton Manning

    __
    If anything, it is Tom Brady who has shown that he is a product of the system. Matt Cassel, who has otherwise looked like crap in KC, had a pretty good season as Brady’s replacement in Belichick’s system.
    __________________________________

    This is such a tired and ignorant point. First off in 2010 Cassell (with the Chiefs) had the best season of his career, better than in NE. 27TD 7 INT and a 93 rating.

    Second Cassell took the SAME TEAM Brady had in 2007 that went 16-0 and went 11-5. 5 games worse.

    In 2007 Brady threw 50TD to 8 INT and threw for over 4800 yards. QB rating of 117.2

    Cassell had the same weapons in 2008 and 21 TD (less than half of brady) and 11 ints (3 INTS more than Brady) and 3693 yards (1100 less) QB rating of 89.4

    Brady came back the next year on a rebuilt knee and had a better year than Cassell’s 2008with different weapons.

    Cassell’s career QB rating is 82.5 so he was barely better than his career average that one year on a stacked team.

    Hate Brady and the Pats all you want, but dont make these pointless arguments.

    __
    Pointless argument? Please, child…compare that differential to the one that resulted from the Colts’ past season’s performance. They go from playoffs every season with Manning to the worst record in the NFL last season. Hate on ME all you want to, but don’t try and pretend that in a direct comparison between Manning and Brady that (of the two) Brady is more the system QB.

    _________________________

    Child? Who says something like that?

    Lets look at the differential since you brought it up. Record went from 10-6 to 2-14…..a 8 game difference. Of course you arent taking into account the tons of talent the Colts had on IR last season, the fact that many thought they were tanking intentionally and that they werent considered by many to be a top contender with Manning. And lets see one of those scrub QB’s then ran out there go and have a season like Cassell did in 2010? Im guessing that will never happen. Collins WAS good, but is obviously done.

    Stats wise Manning in 2010
    33TD, 17INT, 4700 yards 91.9 rating
    Colts QB’s in 2011
    14 TD (19 less…..Pats threw 29 less without Brady) 14 int (3 LESS INT than Manning…Pats threw 3 more without Brady) 3223 yards (1500 less than Manning….Pats were 11oo less so your point works on this catepagory) 72.2 rating (19 less than Manning…Pats were 28 lower without Brady)

    Even with all those stats I still wouldnt argue that EITHER guy is a system QB. Anyone that says two of the top 10 QBS all time are system QB’s are out of their mind. Or in your case blinded by hatred.

    I also like how you validated your comments by all the comments you get in response. 95% or those are crapping all over you, and your posts get overwhelmingly thumbed down. And trust me, those arent all Patriots fans.

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