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Friday, March 5, 2010
Patriots grinding away, sign Neal


The New England Patriots continued a busy first day of free agency by re-signing their third key veteran.

ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss reports the Patriots have reached terms with right guard Stephen Neal on a two-year contract for an undisclosed sum. The Patriots signed franchise-tagged nose tackle Vince Wilfork and sacks leader Tully Banta-Cain earlier Friday.

Neal's return ensures the Patriots will have their entire O-line intact from last year if they choose.

Most notable among the Patriots' remaining unrestricted free agents are running back Kevin Faulk, tight end Benjamin Watson, outside linebacker Derrick Burgess, cornerback Leigh Bodden and punter Chris Hanson.