The Patriots have resumed their annual collection of the tight ends.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Patriots have signed former Cardinals second-rounder Troy Niklas to a one-year deal.
The Patriots generally buy them by the bushel, and Niklas gives them another option behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen.
The 25-year-old Niklas is a valuable blocker when he’s well, but he’s battled injuries throughout his career. He had a career-high 11 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown last year for the Cardinals.