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Brian Waters negotiated a return to Patriots, but can’t return now

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Throughout the offseason, training camp and the preseason, it was never clear whether veteran offensive lineman Brian Waters, who is under contract to the Patriots, would play this season. But now it’s clear: He won’t.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Patriots and Waters had discussed a potential deal throughout the season, but it’s a moot point now because Friday was the deadline for teams to take players off the reserve/did not report list. The Patriots didn’t take Waters off the list, so Waters won’t play.

For unsigned players, such as players given the franchise tag, the deadline to report to the team is the Tuesday after Week 10. But for players under contract who simply don’t report, the deadline is later in the season. So Waters still could have played for the Patriots this season if he had reported by last week.

Now the 35-year-old Waters, who started all 19 games up to and including the Super Bowl for the Patriots last season, is apparently content to retire. The Patriots were reportedly offering Waters a raise to get him to come back, but now they’ll go with the line they have.

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9 Responses to “Brian Waters negotiated a return to Patriots, but can’t return now”
  1. j0esixpack says: Dec 2, 2012 11:11 AM

    All things considered, give all the injuries the Patriots OL has suffered this season, it’s rare that the play of the OL makes the headlines. They should all be proud of that.

    That’s the Patriots Way – where backups step up and play their roles well – no excuses, no whining… Other teams should pay attention.

  2. allisab says: Dec 2, 2012 11:17 AM

    Everyone thought the Patriots o-line would be terrible with Waters MIA and Light retiring. Funny how they’re still one of the best in the league. Only gave up 2 sacks over the last 5 games even with injuries to Mankins, Connolly, and Vollmer.

  3. prinefan5 says: Dec 2, 2012 11:32 AM

    the patriots way is to lose to the giants.

  4. folkcrusader says: Dec 2, 2012 12:08 PM

    Maybe having the number one rated QB has something to do with the line’s success? When Brady wears out or retires a lot of Pat’s fans are going to get an introduction to the real world of football.

  5. toppdogg51 says: Dec 2, 2012 12:19 PM

    The Giants have earned my respect by beating my Patriots twice in their 2 SuperBowl appearances. They are a great team and one day we will figure out how to defeat them in a SuperBowl. GO PATS!!!!!!!!

  6. ampats says: Dec 2, 2012 12:41 PM

    folkcrusader and Patriots Haters et al, and the Mayans have said for several years,

    When Brady retires ,the Apocalypse is going to occur in New England ! Start preparing for the end of the world New England.

  7. lgw91s says: Dec 2, 2012 12:41 PM

    pats o-line coach Dante Scarnecchia is one of the best in the business. When Belichick takes Nate Solder in the first round on Scarnecchia’s recommendation, it shows deserving respect.

  8. dadofthedecade says: Dec 2, 2012 12:45 PM

    @folkcrusader:

    Yeah, the Pats really fell apart when Brady was hurt. That 11-5 record under Cassel was just horrendous. Clearly, the Pats can’t succeed after Brady.

    Riiiight.

  9. pftcensorssuck says: Dec 2, 2012 1:00 PM

    folkcrusader says:Dec 2, 2012 12:08 PM

    Maybe having the number one rated QB has something to do with the line’s success? When Brady wears out or retires a lot of Pat’s fans are going to get an introduction to the real world of football.
    ———————————————————
    You mean like the 1-15, 2-14 seasons we suffered through years ago, when 3rd and 21 seemed natural?

    Trust me, we know what the “real world of football” looks like, here in New England.

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