The Patriots have signed TE Chris Baker formerly of the NY Jets. Baker caught 31 balls last year and 41 the year before. He is also a solid blocking tight end. The Jets had no need for him after the emergence of rookie Dustin Keller.
On Yahoo Sports list of Top Free Agents Chris Baker tops the list at TE. He will compete for time next to David "Baconater" Thomas and Ben Watson.
I think this is a solid pick up. He can block and catch the ball. He will push Watson and Thomas for playing time which is what they need. Both pick ups today of Fred Taylor and Chris Baker put pressure on Maroney and Watson respectively whom both will be considered busts if they do not perform this year.
The only thing that hurts for me here is that I was hoping to see Tony Gonzalez in a Pats uniform via trade and this signing hurts the chances of that happening. Ouuuu that would be nice.