Alge Crumpler’s time as a Tennessee Titan is over.
The City Paper first reported that the unrestricted free agent was to close to signing an agreement with the New England Patriots, citing league sources. The deal will be officially consummated sometime next week, but the tight end and the Patriots have agreed to terms on a contract. The Boston Globe is also reporting that Crumpler will sign with the Pats.
The Patriots have been desperate for help at the tight end position, having lost Ben Watson to the Cleveland Browns and releasing Chris Baker this off-season.
Crumpler’s agent James “Butch” Williams said Thursday that no deal has been signed with any team.
Crumpler was a player the Titans had hoped to keep during this off-season, as he was a valuable contributor as a run blocking tight end, and also caught 27 passes for the 222 yards this past season and one touchdown.
The Titans’ need for adding a tight end was lessened somewhat when Bo Scaife signed his one-year tender offer of $4.9 million earlier in the week. The Titans also have Jared Cook, who like Scaife, is primarily a receiving tight end and Craig Stevens, who will inherit the primary blocking tight end role if Crumpler departs.
Crumpler joined the Titans in 2007 after being released by the Atlanta Falcons.
In two seasons in Tennessee, Crumpler had 51 pass receptions for 479 yards.