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Patriots re-sign Tully Banta-Cain

Fear not, Patriots fans.

The roster only was without pass rusher extraordinaire Tully Banta-Cain for 20 hours.  Less than a day after releasing the sometime starter in a surprise move, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports than Banta-Cain is back in the fold.

Contract terms are not yet available, and it’s still unclear why the Patriots had to release Banta-Cain in the first place. 

One irresponsibly speculative theory on my part is that they wanted to sign him to an extension, and couldn’t re-work his previous deal because it was signed in February and one year must pass before adjusting a signed contract.  (Someone will let me know if this theory is wrong, I’m sure.)

Banta-Cain’s contract terms will eventually tell the story, but that’s all inside football.

The bigger takeaway is that Banta-Cain will be headed to London this week with the rest of the Patriots. We’ll have to wait until the trading deadline to see if he has any surprising new teammates coming with him.

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17 Responses to “Patriots re-sign Tully Banta-Cain”
  1. bozeika says: Oct 20, 2009 1:17 PM

    So I guess he’s not going to Cleveland? Like that was going to happen.

  2. TheDPR says: Oct 20, 2009 1:18 PM

    Maybe there were perceived passport issues or something.

  3. Kiss Bills Rings says: Oct 20, 2009 1:22 PM

    Bill working his magic once again……
    I’m curious to see what future developments happen…

  4. danlinker says: Oct 20, 2009 1:22 PM

    PFT = Patriots football talk
    Any news on the other 31 teams? You know there are others right

  5. John says: Oct 20, 2009 1:22 PM

    Ok, he`s back does this mean no more trade speculation??? I mean they did release Joey, Eric A., and that TE

  6. tj.52 says: Oct 20, 2009 1:22 PM

    “One irresponsibly speculative theory on my part is that they wanted to sign him to an extension, and couldn’t re-work his previous deal because it was signed in February and one year must pass before adjusting a signed contract”
    ———————————————————
    That is the best irresponsibly speculative theory I’ve heard on the matter and the only one that makes any sense. Good work.

  7. Insomniac says: Oct 20, 2009 1:31 PM

    Aiken signed earlier in the year and signed an extension yesterday without a problem. What would cause their situations to be different?

  8. whywerule says: Oct 20, 2009 1:36 PM

    The roster only was without pass rusher extraordinaire Tully Banta-Cain for 20 hours. …
    lol…Just because we (Pats fans) painfully admit that TBC has probably been the Pats most consistent pass rusher this season, does not mean we view him as a “pass rusher extraordinaire”. None of us like the fact that he has been the Pats best pass rusher this season; we are just playing the hand that has been dealt to date.

  9. whywerule says: Oct 20, 2009 1:38 PM

    PFT = Patriots football talk..
    lol…What, you don’t think that the Patriots TBC the Great is not worth at least 20 separate speculative blog blurbs today?

  10. TheTruth says: Oct 20, 2009 1:40 PM

    Man, I have been coming to the website and only recently signed up just so I could say something. For all the people whining about what news this site reports regardless if it is Patriots news or whatever. Or I have read a ton of things about how people don’t like Mike Florio, then don’t click on the links that you don’t want to read. It’s common sense really.

  11. twinkletoes says: Oct 20, 2009 1:44 PM

    The Pats only have 10 sacks thus far, and Banta-Cain accounted for three of them. They didn’t move all these players around just to re-sign this guy to an extension. Methinks there’s a deal still coming for a pass rusher. Who could it be?
    1)Peppers? Cap unfriendly one year contract. Major pipe dream at this point. It would dramatically alter the Pats’ pass rush though.
    2)Merriman? This team has taken on its fair share of reclamation projects in the past, but with Shawne, it’s all about his lack of production.
    3)Kamerion Wimbley? If Mangenius is really crazy enough to move this guy, it would make a lot of sense for the Pats. He’s a good young player with a cap friendly(er) contract than Merriman and definitely Peppers.
    We’ll soon see.

  12. Occam says: Oct 20, 2009 1:45 PM

    Once you realize that “Tully Banta-Cain” is an anagram for, “Club Titan Analy,” it becomes pretty clear why the Pats felt they might need some time away from the man this week.

  13. Kevin from Philly says: Oct 20, 2009 1:50 PM

    Long lost decendent of Kwai Chang Cain?

  14. holycow says: Oct 20, 2009 2:10 PM

    Insomniac, this is Aiken’s 2nd year in New England.

  15. CornFlorio says: Oct 20, 2009 3:09 PM

    “One irresponsibly speculative theory on my part is that they wanted to sign him to an extension, and couldn’t re-work his previous deal because it was signed in February and one year must pass before adjusting a signed contract.”
    Once again, Belicheat attempts to sidestep NFL rules. And once again, Goodell will look the other way because Kraft gives him such good head.

  16. thumper/ says: Oct 20, 2009 3:58 PM

    Another patriot hater, If the coach of your losing team had the brains to pull off a move like this you’d be loving it… just keep hating we love to hear you cry cry cry…..A$$HOLE..

  17. CornFlorio says: Oct 21, 2009 7:41 PM

    Thumper? More like “thumpee”, given the proclivities of New England men and how much they crave manass. So much so that they all want to marry other men and now have the legal right to do so in nearly all of New England.
    The throwback helmets that the Pats have been wearing are so appropriate…a picture of a New England Patriot “assuming the position”, just like most of their gay fan base.

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