The Patriots have reportedly agreed to terms with tight end Scott Chandler, formerly of the division Buffalo Bills. Chandler has been somewhat of a journeyman, but his latest trip takes him into Foxboro to add some depth behind Rob Gronkowski and solidify the tight end group for the first time since Hernandez was released.
Chandler, a thorn in the Patriots side since becoming a Buffalo Bill, has caught 28 passes against the Patriots for 384 yards and 4 TD’s in just nine games. The Patriots have had their fair share of troubles covering opposing team’s tight ends, but this is one they no longer have to stress about.
The 6’7, 260 pound Scott Chandler was drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. He was waived by the Chargers in 2009 and picked up by the Dallas Cowboys. After being cut, he was signed to the Cowboys practice squad until later being picked up off the squad by the New York Giants in 2010. He then had a second stint with the Cowboys until he later signed with the Bills, who revitalized his career.
Since becoming a member of the Bills midway through 2010, Chandler has played in 65 games, accruing 182 receptions for 2,120 yards and 17 touchdowns. A giant leap for a player that saw no starting time for the first three-plus years of his career.
The Ravens were also reportedly interested in Chandler’s services, but according to CBS Sports, Chandler chose the Patriots over Baltimore. Chandler joins Gronkowski, Tim Wright and Michael Hoomanawanui, who we predict will be let go with this latest move. Cutting Hoo-man will save the Patriots 890K in cap space on his $1.58 million cap hit for next season while keeping Wright will only cost the Pats 510K.
The Patriots are likely not done in the market as they will look to consistently add depth at both lines of scrimmage and likely at corner. The Patriots sit with $12.39 million in cap space before the Chandler signing and likely a restructure for Mayo on the horizon.