ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss expects the Patriots to keep TE Alge Crumpler in the final year of his contract.
Patriots TE Alge Crumpler underwent "extensive" shoulder surgery in late January.
The Patriots are expected to retain 33-year-old blocking tight end Alge Crumpler for 2011.
Alge Crumpler caught three passes for 39 yards and a touchdown against the Jets in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Free agent acquisition Alge Crumpler is willing to take on any role Patriots coach Bill Belichick has planned for him.
After spending the last six weeks working on getting in shape with a specialist, Alge Crumpler is expected to report to Patriots offseason workouts on Monday.
Alge Crumpler's two-year deal with the Patriots has a base value of $4.8 million and includes a $1 million signing bonus.
Patriots signed TE Alge Crumpler, formerly of the Titans, to a two-year contract.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick confirmed Monday that the team is negotiating with free agent Alge Crumpler, but nothing is finalized yet.
The player rep for free agent Alge Crumpler confirmed Friday that his client is close to signing with the Patriots.
The Patriots have reportedly agreed to terms with TE Alge Crumpler.
The talks between free agent TE Alge Crumpler and the Titans are expected to continue.
The Patriots are hosting TE Alge Crumpler for a free agent visit.
The Titans remain in talks with free agent TE Alge Crumpler about a contract extension.