The Patriots are close to finalizing a contract with free-agent TE Chris Baker. The sides have agreed to the financial terms to make Baker a Patriot.
The Patriots currently have Benjamin Watson, David Thomas, Tyson DeVree and Brad Listorti at the position. Watson and Thomas both have contracts that expire after the 2009 season.
Baker is a veteran presence who the Patriots know plenty about from facing him twice a year with the Jets.
He was considered a top tight end on the free-agent market -- a combination type who contributes in the blocking and passing game.