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Report: Dallas Clark Visited Patriots This Week

The New England Patriots recently hosted a former rival on a free agent visit to Gillette Stadium this week. According to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe, former Indianapolis Colts tight end visited the Patriots on Tuesday for a free agent visit.

Patriots fans, of course, know Clark from his years with the Colts from 2003-2011, when he was one of Peyton Manning's favorite targets and was a pain for the Patriots defense on many occasions. Considering his previous success against the team (while not statistical, Belichick always heavily gameplans against him), it really isn't surprising that the Patriots have interest in Clark.

That being said, considering the depth and young talent the Patriots have at the tight end position, it's a bit surprising that the Patriots even have an interest in the soon to be 33-year-old Clark. Rob Gronkowski is arguably the best in-line tight end in the league, while 3rd year Florida product Aaron Hernandez fills the role that Clark did all those years with Indianapolis. That's not to mention newcomer Daniel Fells, who the Patriots paid a hefty contract this offseason, presumably to take over the #3 tight end slot.

My guess with Clark: the Patriots are doing their due diligence on a long-time respected opponent. Don't expect a deal to go down, as Clark will see more money and better playing time opportunities elsewhere.