Iowa TE Herman agrees

April, 28, 2012
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Iowa tight end Brad Herman has agreed to terms on a free-agent contract with the Patriots, a league source confirms.

The 6-foot-4, 252-pound Herman is known for his athleticism (36-inch vertical leap), although he wasn't a big factor as a pass-catcher (17 receptions over the last two seasons). The 2012 Pro Football Weekly draft preview projects him as a "move" tight end, which is the Aaron Hernandez-type role in the Patriots' offense.

The Patriots have Rob Gronkowski, Hernandez and Daniel Fells atop the tight end depth chart, so Herman faces longer odds to earn a roster spot. But with Gronkowski coming back from ankle surgery, Herman could have an opportunity for extended practice time and a chance to show what he can do to potentially land on the practice squad.

Christopher Price of WEEI first reported Herman's agreement with the Patriots.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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