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Patriots closing in on deal for Crumpler

Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  March 18, 2010 07:17 PM

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nfl_ap_crumpler_600.jpgRobbie Agnone and Rob Myers could very soon have some company on the Patriots barren tight end depth chart.

As first reported by Terry McCormick of the Nashville City Paper, veteran tight end Alge Crumpler is closing in on a deal to join the Patriots and could be signed by next week. Crumpler visited with the team on March 8.

When reached by the Globe this afternoon, Crumpler's agent, James "Butch" Williams, said that "negotiations are ongoing" to bring Crumpler to New England.

Williams didn't want to put a timetable on any type of deal between Crumpler and the Patriots.

Crumpler would help the Patriots replace tight ends Chris Baker, who signed a two-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks after being released by the Patriots, and Benjamin Watson, who inked a three-year, $12 million deal to join Eric Mangini and the Cleveland Browns.

The 32-year-old Crumpler is regarded as a strong blocking tight end at this point in his career and helped Titans running back Chris Johnson top 2,000 yards on the ground last season.

One would think his signing would still necessitate the team make an additional move at the tight end position.

Update (7:34 p.m.): A league source said the deal is awaiting final approval from the Patriots. That could come early next week.

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