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Friday, May 18, 2012
Source: Patriots host Dallas Clark

By Field Yates

Free-agent tight end Dallas Clark visited the Patriots on Tuesday, according to a league source.

Clark, 32, has played nine seasons in the NFL, all with the Indianapolis Colts. He was released by the team on March 7.

Originally the 24th pick in the 2003 NFL draft, Clark has totaled 427 catches for 4,887 yards and 46 touchdowns in his career, including a career-best 100 receptions for 1,106 yards in 2009. He led all NFL tight ends in catches that season and was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.

Clark played in 11 games for Indianapolis in 2011, registering 34 catches for 352 yards and a pair of scores.

The Patriots currently have four tight ends on their roster, including Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, who finished first and fourth respectively among tight ends in receiving yards in 2011. The team added veteran Daniel Fells in free agency earlier this offseason and signed Brad Herman, an undrafted player out of Iowa, on May 10.

Clark's visit was first reported by Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe.