Looking closer at TE Daniel Fells

March, 19, 2012
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Free-agent tight end Daniel Fells is visiting the Patriots today. The Patriots had only two pure tight ends on the roster in 2011 and are strongly considering adding a third.

The book on Fells:

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 252 pounds

College: UC-Davis

Age: 28

History in NFL: Signed as rookie free agent with Falcons in 2006, made the roster, but didn't appear in a game. ... Spent 2007 on Raiders practice squad. ... Started 2008 on Buccaneers practice squad before the Rams signed him to their active roster. ... Spent 2008-2010 with Rams ... Was with Broncos in 2011.

Career stats: Appeared in 58 games. Totaled 88 receptions, 1,001 yards, 8 touchdowns.

SUMMARY: Fells isn't a minimum-salary type of option. A contract that averages between $1-2 million per season is likely the range for him. The Patriots hosted him on a visit in 2010 when the Rams didn't tender him as a restricted free agent, but Fells ended up re-signing with the Rams on a one-year deal. The Patriots have filled out their depth in free agency, focusing heavily on the middle class of their roster, and Fells would be that type of target, providing depth and also flexibility for Aaron Hernandez to assume more of a receiver-like role at times.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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