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Patriots ink free agent TE Nate Byham

The New England Patriots have reportedly agreed to a deal with free-agent tight end Nate Byham. Byham’s addition fills the club’s 90th roster spot. His signing will become official pending a physical.

The financial terms of the deal have not been made available.

Byham will serve as nothing more than a depth player at the tight end position. He’s not known for his offensive skills. Byham is strictly a blocking tight end.

The Pittsburgh University graduate spent time playing under Bill Belichick’s good pal Greg Schiano in Tampa Bay the past two seasons.

He stands 6-foot-4 and weighs in at 264 pounds. Byham totaled just six catches for 56 yards and one score over his two seasons with the Bucs. He appeared in a total of 15 games.

Byham, like Rob Gronkowski, suffered an ACL injury last season. He was placed on injured reserve in October.

While recovering from the injury, Byham will look to crack the squad amid some solid competition. The Patriots chose not sign Byham after he visited New England back in May.

Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui, D.J. Williams, Asa Watson and Justin Jones are the other tight ends on the roster heading into training camp.

Byham will have fair chance of making the final roster. His direct competition will be out dueling Williams, Watson and Jones for the third tight end spot that’s up for grabs.

He’s served time playing on special teams in the past. It’s certainly one avenue for Byham to begin the season in New England.

Byham is set to begin his fourth NFL season. He was drafted in 2010 by the 49ers.

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