Report: Patriots nearing deal with Danny Vitale

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It’s now officially March Madness. Vitale has a job.

According to Meredith Gorman of NESN, the Patriots are close to a contract agreement with fullback Danny Vitale.

Vitale spent the last two years with the Packers, and caught seven passes for 97 yards last year.

The Patriots were forced to use a fullback-by-committee last year, drafting linebacker Elandon Roberts on offense last year after a neck injury to James Develin. Develin’s status is unclear, but they apparently want to have depth there, particularly since Roberts was part of the exodus to Miami.

13 responses to “Report: Patriots nearing deal with Danny Vitale

  1. Good the team went downhill after they lost both fullbacks gotta get the run game clicking again .

  2. Different pronunciation of last name, but nice try.

    Danny will be missed. Lafleur is a great coach and did a lot of things well last year, but the limited use of Danny Vitale was a mistake. I do believe as the offense expands this season the FB will be featured more.

    Good luck in Boston Danny. Once a Packer, always a Packer.✊

  3. So do the Patriots really only have $10M left in cap space? 10 or more heavy hitters just left in FA. But, yeah, the Pats are going to have to resemble what the 49ers are doing with Jimmy GQ. Run the ball a lot. So, yeah, makes sense with this move.

  4. Jeez. Pats down to $2.6M left in cap space w $21.6M in dead money this season. Going to be signing a lot of FA’s post draft I’d guess. Wowzer.

  5. Angel Valle says:
    March 20, 2020 at 12:50 pm
    Good the team went downhill after they lost both fullbacks gotta get the run game clicking again .
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    Yep. The difference was night and day. The power running game is phenomenal when it’s clicking. I’ve said many times it was the running game that got the Patriots the title in 2018 more than Tampa Bay Tommy did. IMO. If it’s Stidham this year then this will help big time.

  6. @dreamcasterguru – don’t know where you got your figures but cap space estimates will be all over the place right now. Brady and other vets going suggests they’ve plenty to play with, nothing like your numbers. Then there’s the guys they still plan to cut/trade/restructure etc.

  7. Vitale is a decent fullback. Good ball catcher. Big Body like a TE.
    But he can’t stay healthy. That why GB didn’t tender him.
    Pats fans are in for a tough season if they can’t find an established QB.

  8. There are still a lot of things the Pats can do to generate cap room. Upwards of 30 mil, according to the local expert.

  9. freefromwhatyouare says:
    March 20, 2020 at 12:57 pm
    Different pronunciation of last name, but nice try.
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    Ever hear of a joke? What ground breaking news is next are gbs “Smith Brothers” not really brothers?

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