On Tuesday, just a day before players are scheduled for their first training camp exercises, the New England Patriots have signed veteran TE Visanthe Shiancoe (vi-sahn-TAY SHANK-oh).
Shiancoe, 32, a 3rd round pick of the New York Giants in the 2003 NFL Draft out of Morgan State was an unrestricted free agent. In addition to the Giants where he played from 2003-2006, he has spent the last five years playing for the Minnesota Vikings where at one time he was a favorite target of former quarterback Brett Favre.
Shiancoe, who was born in England but grew up in Maryland, is expected supply additional depth against injury and is an exceptional blocker and solid pass catcher. He also gives them several options in the no huddle with three tight ends on the field it create huge mismatches for Tom Brady to exploit.
His contract is for one season and is worth $1.2 million with $400,000 guaranteed.
The team also announced that it signed defensive lineman Tim Bulman, a native of Milton MA....