Patriots sign tight end Troy Niklas

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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.