Source: Dallas Clark visits Patriots

Updated: May 18, 2012, 6:54 PM ET
By Field Yates | Special to ESPNBoston.com

Free-agent tight end Dallas Clark visited the New England 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 Colts on March 7.

Originally the 24th pick in the 2003 NFL draft, Clark has 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 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 the Boston Globe.

Field Yates is a special contributor to ESPNBoston.com.

Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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