Veteran tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who visited the Patriots last week and the Eagles Tuesday, signed a one-year deal with New England, according Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports.
NFL Network reported the deal is worth up to $2 million.
Shiancoe is a 10-year veteran who had 36 catches for 409 yards and three touchdowns last season with Minnesota. He spent the last five seasons with the Vikings. Shiancoe began his career as a third-round pick of the Giants.
Listed at 6 feet 4 inches, 240 pounds, Shiancoe is another experienced tight end on the Patriots roster, joining Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, and Aaron Fells.
However, Fells is beginning camp on the active/physically unable to perform list, and Hernandez is used more as a receiver than a traditional tight end. The team also has undrafted rookie Tyler Urban on the roster, as well as Jake Ballard, who was acquired off waivers from the Giants in June. Ballard is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the Super Bowl and is also on the active/PUP list.
Shiancoe turned down a one-year offer from the Seahawks in March.