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Patriots sign WR Gonzalez

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  March 17, 2012 05:46 PM

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The Patriots have announced the signing of free agent wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, who spent the first five years of his career with the Colts.

Gonzalez is a slot receiver, and will provide depth at the position.

The big question for Gonzalez will be his health - after catching 94 passes in 29 games over his first two seasons, he played in just 11 games total from 2009-11. Gonzalez lost nearly all of the '09 and '10 seasons to knee injuries and then last year was a healthy scratch for several games.

The 27-year old was highly touted out of Ohio State - Indianapolis made him a first-round pick - but now he's the kind of low-risk, low-cost, potentially big-reward player the Patriots like.

And if you're wondering, signing Gonzalez is not at all related to Brandon Lloyd. A league source said that the two sides are still working to finalize the deal and that it will get done.

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