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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.

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18 Responses to “Patriots sign Bo Scaife”
  1. rc33 says: Jun 7, 2012 11:21 AM

    Starting to wonder about Gronkowski’s early season health.

  2. tallguyme says: Jun 7, 2012 11:35 AM

    a healthy Andre Carter back will be huge.

  3. polamalurulz43 says: Jun 7, 2012 11:40 AM

    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.

  4. tomeffnbrady says: Jun 7, 2012 11:45 AM

    and my concern level for gronk just increased to a 5

  5. rebel21das says: Jun 7, 2012 11:51 AM

    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.

  6. 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

  7. armchairqb says: Jun 7, 2012 12:18 PM

    Gronk’s ankle must absolutely be an issue.

  8. mornelithe says: Jun 7, 2012 12:38 PM

    @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.

  9. drewsylvania says: Jun 7, 2012 12:42 PM

    Realistically, they’re deep at brawny wideout.

  10. blacknole08 says: Jun 7, 2012 12:51 PM

    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.

  11. dspyank2k11 says: Jun 7, 2012 12:57 PM

    man.. all the pats have to do is sign a Juggernaut running back and look out. Why would they even need wide receivers :-P

  12. gisellichek says: Jun 7, 2012 1:02 PM

    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…

  13. cylondetector says: Jun 7, 2012 1:38 PM

    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.

  14. scalfor3 says: Jun 7, 2012 1:44 PM

    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

  15. chrisjohnston10 says: Jun 7, 2012 1:45 PM

    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
    ————————-
    You think 4-5 players in 5 offseasons is a lot of players?

  16. CKL says: Jun 7, 2012 2:18 PM

    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
    _____________________________
    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.

  17. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 7, 2012 2:23 PM

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

  18. catquick says: Jun 7, 2012 3:26 PM

    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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