Linebacker Tracy White, one of the Patriots' core special teams players who had an increased role on defense in Super Bowl XLVI, has agreed to terms to return to the team, according to a source.
White, who enters his 10th NFL season, finished second on the Patriots in special teams tackles in each of the last two years.
With special teams captain Matthew Slater in the process of finalizing an agreement to return to the Patriots, and linebacker Niko Koutouvides extending his contract through 2012, the club keeps another key piece of its core special teams group in place with White.
While White's primary contributions come on special teams, the 6-foot-0, 230-pound linebacker also saw an increase in playing time on defense last season, mostly in sub packages, as he played 18 percent of the team's defensive snaps.
That increase in playing time was highlighted in Super Bowl XLVI, when he started and played 22 first-half snaps.
White, who has played for the Seahawks (2003-2004), Jaguars (2005), Packers (2006-2008) and Eagles (2008-2009), was acquired in a trade from the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 5, 2010.