Seau eager to get back on the field

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Give me a helmet.

That was the popular refrain from 40-year-old linebacker Junior Seau as he met with the media Wednesday morning after officially re-signing with the New England Patriots.

Seau didn't know his role or what exactly he can offer the team. All he knows is Bill Belichick made a call and Seau promised he'd answer.

"On and off the field, the best thing I can do is lean on Bill Belichick," Seau said. "The reason why I say that is, he doesn't sit around grabbing a 40-year-old guy off a surfboard unless he has a plan. Whatever it may be. He knows who I am. He knows what I have to offer. I trust him. What am I going to do? How will I help the team? I can't forecast that. If I could, I wouldn't be a football player. I wouldn't. Just give me a helmet. I'm going to be the best player that I can be today. I promise."

Wearing his familiar No. 55, Seau participated in position drills viewed by the media during Wednesday afternoon's practice session outside Gillette Stadium. He worked up a sweat early and, despite temperatures in the mid-40s, doused himself with a water bottle just minutes into the session.

Could Seau be ready for action Sunday versus the Titans?

"Whatever Bill needs," Seau said.

Seau was then asked if he was excited about rejoining the Patriots and returning to the game of football.

"Are you excited? I'm too old to be excited," Seau said to laughter. "Can I say that? I am. I'm too old. The only way this can all be exciting for everyone is if it works. The challenge is what we do from here on out. I'm not going to jump out of the cake and jump around. It's time to go to work. Give me a helmet, let's go to work."