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New England Patriots offer star final chance with one-year deal

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The New England Patriots are the reigning NFL champions because they think outside the box.

Whether that be with unconventional play calls, alleged ball tampering, or unprecedented draft selections, Bill Belichick and co are the masters at finding a way to succeed where others fail.

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It should come as no surprise then that the Super Bowl champions have, today, been named as the franchise to take a chance on a controversial figure only recently reinstated into the NFL.

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As reported by Adam Schefter, the Patriots have added yet another Tight End to their roster:

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With Davis having only been accepted back into the NFL last week after a clouded past this is a typical Bill Belichick move. A one-year deal, the value of which cannot be much more than the base salary, leaves the franchise at little risk should the old demons return.

Controversial past

Davis was suspended for the entirety of the 2014 season after falling foul of the NFL's substance-abuse policy on a number of occasions whilst with the Washington Redskins.

According to Boston.com's Jack Andrade the 29-year-old has also been charged with assaulting a woman on two previous occasions.

Add to this the fact that Davis was arrested and charged with a DWI less than 24 hours after his league suspension was announced and there are certainly a number of red flags against his name.

Upside

The Patriots though will be hoping that, after a year out of the game, the former Redskins TE will be able to rediscover the form that saw Washington slap the franchise tag on him in 2012. That move came after a career year that included 59 receptions for 796 yards.

With the tight end depth chart in New England already boasting the likes of Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright (not to mention three others) Davis will have to find somewhere near that form if he is to make good on surely his final chance in the NFL.

Patriots fans: Will Davis be a good signing, or is it an unnecessary risk bringing in such a controversial figure? Let us know in the comments section below...

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