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Updated: July 24th, 2012 10:37pm
Visanthe Shiancoe joins deep Patriots tight end group for $1.2 million

Visanthe Shiancoe joins deep Patriots tight end group for $1.2 million

by Tom Pelissero
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As expected, Visanthe Shiancoe ended up on a roster for training camp.

The free-agent tight end agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million deal with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, shortly after completing a workout with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to several reports.

The deal included $400,000 in guarantees and Shiancoe can earn another $800,000 in incentives, reported.

Shiancoe, 32, spent the past five seasons in Minnesota and had his best season in 2009, catching 56 passes for 566 yards and 11 touchdowns.

But his production dipped the past two seasons, he ceded snaps to rookie Kyle Rudolph as last season went on and the Vikings moved on by signing John Carlson to a five-year, $25 million deal shortly after free agency began in March.

Shiancoe turned down a $1.2 million from Seattle earlier in the offseason and hoped to latch on to a contender. He got wish with the Patriots, who already boasted one of the NFL's best tight end groups with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

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