CBSSports.com has reported that the Patriots will sign veteran receiver Michael Jenkins.
A first-round draft pick of the Falcons in 2004, the 6-foot-4, 215 pound Jenkins has largely been a disappointment — in seven years with Atlanta, he never recorded more than 53 catches or 777 receiving yards in a season.
He spent the last two years with Minnesota, with 40 catches for 449 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games last season; he missed five games to injury in ’11 and recorded 38 catches for 466 yards and three scores.
The Vikings released Jenkins rather than pay him a $2.425 million roster bonus that was due earlier this month.
Jenkins has earned the unfortunate nickname “Molasses Mike” due to his lack of speed, but he is noted for his blocking ability.