WR Michael Jenkins agrees to deal with Pats

WR Michael Jenkins agrees to deal with Pats
March 28, 2013, 5:15 pm
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The Patriots agreed to terms with wide receiver Michael Jenkins on Tuesday, Tom E. Curran confirms.

The 30-year-old-Jenkins, a nine-year veteran, made his money on the Falcons, where he played seven seasons, amassing 40 catches in four of them. Jenkins' best season came in 2008, when he caught 50 balls for 777 yards and three touchdowns. For his career, Jenkins has 354 receptions for 4,427 yards and 25 touchdowns.

He caught 40 passes for 449 yards and two touchdowns last season with the Vikings, in a run-based offense that was dominated by Adrian Peterson, and when healthy, Percy Harvin. Add tight end Kyle Rudolph to the mix and Jenkins wasn't a top option for second-year QB Christian Ponder.

The Patriots' interest in bargain-basement guys should be no surprise to fans. Some of the additions have worked out (Jabar Gaffney in 2007), while others (Anthony Gonzalez in 2012) haven't.

It remains to be seen which category Jenkins falls into, but at 6-foot-4, 217-pounds, he's a big, outside receiver who could find a connection with Tom Brady.