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Crumpler signs with Patriots

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Veteran tight end and New Hanover High alum Alge Crumpler has signed a free-agent contract with New England, filling a glaring hole in the Patriots' offense.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed Wednesday.

He had 27 receptions for 222 yards and one touchdown last season for the Tennessee Titans.

The 32-year-old Crumpler spent nine seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and Titans, and has started 122 of 139 regular-season games. The four-time Pro Bowl pick has 367 catches for 4,691 yards and 37 touchdowns.

Crumpler is the only tight end on the Patriots roster who has appeared in an NFL game. Ben Watson signed a free-agent deal with Cleveland and Chris Baker was cut before signing with Seattle.

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