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Patriots in contact with Sammy Morris

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Grizzled veteran running back Sammy Morris opened last season as a street free agent after being released at the Patriots’ final cuts. He did catch on with the Cowboys in December, rushing 28 times for 98 yards in three appearances.

Morris’ contract expired in Dallas, and he’s a street free agent again. According to Jeff Howe of theĀ Boston Herald, though, Morris might have something in the works.

Howe reported on Twitter Thursday that Morris has spoken to the Patriots “about potentially returning” to New England for the 2012 season. Per Howe, “there’s reciprocal interest.”

The Patriots’ backfield would appear to be fairly deep at first glance. They have young backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen deserving of increased workloads, with Danny Woodhead as the third-down back and ex-Colt Joseph Addai in reserve. Undrafted rookie Brandon Bolden rounds out the unit.

Perhaps the Pats will keep Morris’ number on speed dial into August. While Morris is now 35 years old, he possesses valuable versatility and knows new coordinator Josh McDaniels’ offense.

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16 Responses to “Patriots in contact with Sammy Morris”
  1. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Jun 21, 2012 7:01 PM

    Solid RB in his tenure in new england , thought he should have started many games over laurence maroney… And good blocker too.

  2. j0esixpack says: Jun 21, 2012 7:03 PM

    Two words:

    Shadow squad

  3. hillzmickelzon says: Jun 21, 2012 7:17 PM

    Why dont the pats sign L.T? It wouldnt be the first time the pats signed a charger after he had hung them up. It worked out pretty well when junior seau played for the pats and plus something tells me L.T would look good playing that kevin faulk role for the pats.. Sign L.T

  4. nepo784 says: Jun 21, 2012 7:30 PM

    Pointless

  5. wyoyyz says: Jun 21, 2012 7:31 PM

    Big deal… The Pats never run the ball anyway

  6. cannonballdookie says: Jun 21, 2012 7:41 PM

    Pointless, but half of their signings are so it would be a good fit. BB feels more comfortable going 5 deep at RB anyways.

  7. scalfor3 says: Jun 21, 2012 10:34 PM

    solid power back. he’ll get a call pretty quickly if ridley gets hurt

  8. patsfiend says: Jun 21, 2012 10:35 PM

    This guy bangs it between the sticks, and finishes off runs. And, because of that, and his advanced age… he’s prone to injury. If they are going to sign Sammy, why not just sign Faulk? It’s time for the youth movement at RB. They already have their “grizzled” veteran, Addai.

  9. eessppnn says: Jun 21, 2012 10:35 PM

    He was the reason Brady got his knee snapped! This great blocker was sitting on Pollard’s back and still couldn’t keep him down.
    Yeah let’s bring him back:(
    Not

  10. rc33 says: Jun 21, 2012 10:40 PM

    Special teams. Great guy. Leader and Belichick/Brady favorite.

  11. dynaco says: Jun 21, 2012 10:57 PM

    Fantasy teams are flabbergasted

  12. hannahsdaddy says: Jun 22, 2012 12:51 AM

    Wow. That sounds like a weak lineup. I hope they find a QB to lead their O.

  13. c4patsfan says: Jun 22, 2012 8:36 AM

    I would hold off on signing runningbacks that are passed their prime (Sammy Morris and L. T.)Why not let the young guys they spent first day draft picks on try to prove themselves (Shane Vereen and Stephen Ridley).

    Also, I doubt L. T. would come here because according to him Bill Belichick is a “classless guy.”

  14. patriotera says: Jun 22, 2012 8:47 AM

    He’s 35 and Kevin Faulk is 36. I wonder what is up with them and Faulk.

  15. bigkevkris says: Jun 22, 2012 10:28 AM

    hillzmickelzon says: Jun 21, 2012 7:17 PM

    Why dont the pats sign L.T? It wouldnt be the first time the pats signed a charger after he had hung them up. It worked out pretty well when junior seau played for the pats and plus something tells me L.T would look good playing that kevin faulk role for the pats.. Sign L.T

    Never heard of signing retired players.

  16. descendency says: Jun 22, 2012 11:51 AM

    I can’t see him being more than a camp body at this point. He was a very good weapon in NE during his tenure, but there is a reason he was cut.

    Vereen and Ridley need to be the guys getting the touches, with Woodhead coming in where needed. Unless they are thoroughly unhappy with their FB performance, I can’t see him being an upgrade at any position (including those on the bench).

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