RB Morris returns on 1-year deal

July, 27, 2011
7/27/11
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Veteran running back Sammy Morris has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Patriots, his agent Mark Slough said Wednesday.

"Sammy has such respect for Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft and that organization, he's excited to be back," Slough said. "He's enjoyed his time there over the last four years, he likes being part of the community, his kids are in school, and that is where he wanted to be."

Slough did not reveal terms.

The Patriots have restricted free agent BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead and rookies Shane Vereen (2nd round) and Stevan Ridley (3rd round) atop the depth chart, with Thomas Clayton also part of the mix. Veteran Kevin Faulk could also return.

Slough touched on Morris' leadership qualities and how he could help mentor Vereen and Ridley, which is something the Patriots valued. Surely, the team also liked Morris' background in the system in terms of being ready to practice from Day 1.

Still, a spot on the final 53-man roster is not a certainty for Morris if all the backs are healthy.

Morris played in all 16 games last season, totaling 20 carries for 56 yards, and had seven catches for 77 yards, essentially serving as a backup fullback/running back while playing on special teams.

Morris, 34, enters his 12th NFL season, having played for the Bills (2000-2003), Dolphins (2004-2006) and Patriots (2007-present).

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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