Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Sammy Morris Coming Back For Another Year With The Patriots
Still waiting for the New England Patriots to make some kind of splash (not that they ever do) in this shortened and chaotic free agency period in the NFL.
The first veteran to officially return is running back Sammy Morris. The 34-year old signed a one-year deal with terms not disclosed.
"Sammy has such respect for Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft and that organization, he's excited to be back," Slough said. "He's enjoyed his time there over the last four years, he likes being part of the community, his kids are in school, and that is where he wanted to be."
With (restricted free agent) BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead along with rookies Shane Vereen (2nd round) and Steven Ridley (3rd round) ahead of him on the Pats depth chart, Morris obviously has his work cut out for him. Let's not forget that practice squad hero Thomas Clayton will also be around and Kevin Faulk might come back depending on how well his rehab has gone.
However, if healthy (which is a big if for him given his age and injury history) Morris has a spot on the team given his-say it with me-versatility. He can catch passes, he can run the ball in spots and most importantly for Bill Belichick, he can play special teams.
The former Texas A&M star appeared in all 16 games last season, totaling 20 carries for 56 yards and had seven catches for 77 yards, essentially serving as a backup fullback/running back while seeing time on special teams.
Morris enters his 12th NFL season, having played for three of the four AFC East teams: the Bills (2000-2003), Dolphins (2004-2006) and Patriots (2007-present).