Patriots sign Bo Scaife

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Already deep at tight end, the Patriots have signed another one: Bo Scaife, a free agent who spent all of last season on injured reserve with the Bengals.

The Patriots announced today that they have signed Scaife, wo played from 2005 to 2010 with the Titans before signing with the Bengals — but never playing for them — last year. In Scaife’s best season, 2008, he caught 58 passes for 561 yards in Tennessee. But his numbers declined for two straight seasons after that.

New England has also confirmed that it released defensive lineman Markell Carter, tight end Nick Melillo and offensive lineman Jon Opperud.

The Patriots are currently below the 90-man roster limit, and one potential move to keep an eye on is the re-signing of free agent defensive end Andre Carter, who played in New England last year. Carter is one of the top free agents available, and multiple reporters spotted him at the Patriots’ facilities this week. With the Patriots last year Carter had 10 sacks in 14 game before being lost for the final two games of the season and all of the postseason with a torn quadriceps tendon.

18 responses to “Patriots sign Bo Scaife

  1. Belly’s signing of TE’s never ceases to amaze me. Now that Joshy is back, and the stable that they already have, it is interesting to see what they do with Alge Crumpler Lite.

  2. Nice to see additional depth. Never a bad thing, but the part of the article that is music to my ears is that Andre Carter was supposedly spotted around the Pats facilities. Would absolutely love to see him return for another season.

  3. And another bengals player goes to the patriots. Why do the patriots sign a lot of former bengals players, I can count 4-5 in the past 5 offseasons

  4. @RC33: I’m fairly certain Gronkowski’s ok, however, building the TE depth can’t hurt. Plus, a 3 TE set utilizing one as a blocker isn’t a half bad idea either.

  5. Patriots are loaded on offense. If they can get Andre Carter back on a one year deal and he performs like he did in 2011 before he got hurt, this could be a very dangerous team. Their window hasn’t closed yet.

  6. Gronk is fine… BB is big on competition and depth in camp… honestly this is a move just gives BB a person to cut come August… he does not want anyone in camp (besides brady) to think they are gonna make the team because there is noone else to push them…

  7. I wouldn’t read too much into this signing.

    Patriots are short of TE bodies at TC – they even have a DT playing TE, this is just to stop guys getting overworked, plus a look at potential insurance down the road.

  8. good depth signing. the offense dropped off considerably when either gronk or hernandez were out. if healthy, scaife can pick up some of the slack

  9. morgan420 says:
    Jun 7, 2012 12:00 PM
    And another bengals player goes to the patriots. Why do the patriots sign a lot of former bengals players, I can count 4-5 in the past 5 offseasons
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    You think 4-5 players in 5 offseasons is a lot of players?

  10. morgan420 says:
    Jun 7, 2012 12:00 PM
    And another bengals player goes to the patriots. Why do the patriots sign a lot of former bengals players, I can count 4-5 in the past 5 offseasons
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    BB likes Raiders too.

    Speaking of former Bengals, looks like Ocho could be done. Took “Pats WR” off his twitter and left today without being on the field.

    Pats just lost a TE (Heman?)and heard Scaife isn’t well conditioned. In the rare years BB doesn’t draft a TE, he will usually sign a few in FA.

  11. Scaife was promising his first few years, but after that? Yikes … We haven’t missed him a bit.

  12. Just last week the Pats said they have complete faith in Gronk’s recovery, but they’re still looking for TE’s whereever they can find them. I thought when he got hurt that it would be a recurrent injury just because of the way defenders are forced to tackle him. It will keep happening over and over. He’s too big to tackle straight up, so defenders are forced to slide down and twist him to the ground. I hate the Pat’s, but love Gronk, being a local boy from WNY, but (I hope I’m wrong) he may have developed a soft spot in the ankle. I think it was worse than we were lead to believe. It’s not normal to tryout so many TE’s when you already have 2 of the best in the NFL. You don’t see them picking up punters, kickers and qb’s ad nauseum.

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