The Patriots enjoy collecting tight ends, and now they’ve added another.
Fred Davis, who was reinstated last week after a yearlong substance-abuse suspension, has signed with New England.
The 29-year-old Davis has spent his entire NFL career in Washington and has shown promise at times, particularly in 2011, when he caught 59 passes for 796 yards in 12 games. But his production declined markedly in 2012 and 2013, and he may be rusty after missing all of last season.
Davis joins a tight end depth chart in New England that also features Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui, Tim Wright, Scott Chandler and rookie sixth-round draft pick A.J. Derby.