Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com believes the New England Patriots may look to sign either Dallas Clark or David Thomas if they plan on adding a tight end in the near future.
Those are the two free-agent tight ends I’d put on the radar if the Patriots want to add another layer given the uncertainty surrounding Hernandez. The Patriots hosted the 34-year-old Clark on a free-agent visit last offseason before he signed with the Buccaneers, and the 29-year-old Thomas played for the Patriots from 2006-2008. Both are more “move” type tight ends and would fit more in the Hernandez-type role — Clark at 6-foot-3 and 252 pounds, and Thomas at 6-foot-3 and 248 pounds — and both have the reputation as being top-notch locker room guys.
The 34 year-old Clark had a solid season in 2012 with the Buccaneers. He recorded 47 receptions, 43 yards and 4 touchdowns.