New England Patriots

Early Friday morning details were released by the New England Patriots concerning their most recent signings in tight end Troy Niklas and offensive lineman Luke Bowanko.

On Wednesday it was reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network that the Patriots had agreed to terms with former Arizona Cardinals tight end Troy Niklas.

And later on in the day Field Yates of ESPN reported that the Patriots had agreed to a deal with former Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Luke Bowanko.

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According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, both players have inked one-year deals with the Patriots, adding depth at tight end and to a depleted offensive line.

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GLENDALE, AZ – Troy Niklas #87 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the football against Paul Posluszny and Telvin Smith of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 26, 2017. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

REPORT: Patriots Agree To Terms With Ex-Cardinals TE Troy Niklas

Niklas, 25, spent his first four seasons with the Cardinals after being drafted out of Notre Dame in the second round in the 2014 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-7 tight end caught 11-of-23 targets for 132 yards and one touchdown in 2017, and has made just 19 catches through 41 career games.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Luke Bowanko #70 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates during the game against the Houston Texans at EverBank Field on October 18, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Bowanko, 26, has lined up at both center and guard during his four-year career between stints with the Jaguars and Ravens.

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