Source: Pats add TE Chandler

Former Buffalo Bills TE Scott Chandler is staying in the AFC East, reaching an agreement with New England Patriots, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Bills released Chandler, clearing $2.25 million in cap room.

Chandler, 29, played in 65 career games for the Bills and ranks third among tight ends in franchise history with 182 catches and 17 touchdowns.

Playing in 16 games last season, Chandler finished fourth on the Bills with 47 receptions for 497 yards and three touchdowns. He posted career highs with 53 catches for 655 yards in 2013.

Last season, the Bills used Chandler -- who is 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds -- in passing situations. He was replaced by Lee Smith when the Bills were more likely to run the ball. Smith signed a three-year, $9 million deal with the Raiders this offseason.

ESPN.com Bills reporter Mike Rodak contributed to this report.