Patriots set to host Crumpler

The Patriots are scheduled to host veteran tight end Alge Crumpler on a free-agent visit at Gillette Stadium early this week, a league source confirmed. The 32-year-old Crumpler enters his 10th NFL season, having played for the Atlanta Falcons (2001-2007) and Tennessee Titans (2008-2009).

The 6-foot-2, 262-pound Crumpler has been durable over his career, missing only five regular-season games. Once one of the NFL's top players at the position, he's slowed down in recent years, totaling 27 receptions for 222 yards and one touchdown last season. The 8.2-yard average per catch was the lowest of his career.

The Patriots have a major need at tight end after releasing veteran Chris Baker and with Benjamin Watson an unrestricted free agent. Unproven Robbie Agnone and Rob Myers are the lone tight ends on the roster, and they haven't played in a regular-season game.

Christopher L. Gasper of the Boston Globe first reported Crumpler's visit.