Kevin Faulk spent 12 seasons on the Patriots roster and he wanted a chance to spend at least one more there. By agreeing to terms on a one year deal, Faulk, 33, ensures that he'll get one more shot at a Super Bowl title with his original team.
Faulk's deal is reportedly worth $3 million. He'll receive a $1 million signing bonus, have a $1 million salary and be eligible to earn up to another $1 million in incentives.
"He always wanted to stay in New England -- he said it publicly, I said it publicly,'' Faulk's agent Raymond Brothers told the Boston Globe "Any time he plays for the Patriots, he knows the standard is to win a Super Bowl.
Faulk told ESPN that he was comfortable in New England. Despite drawing interest from a number of teams, including the Eagles and the Redskins, Faulk declined to take any visits.
"My wife [Latisha] is comfortable here, I'm comfortable here, the kids are comfortable here," Faulk told ESPN's Mike Reiss. "I didn't want the kids to have to adjust to a new atmosphere."
Brothers told the Boston Herald that former Patriots offensive coordinators Charlie Weis and Josh McDaniels also made inquiries.
"They all made phone calls," Faulk said, "but at the same time, they all knew where my heart was. And all of those guys said, 'If it doesn't work out there, you have a place to come.' "
By returning to New England, Faulk solidifies a Patriots backfield heavily dependent upon screens and draws to keep defenses off balance. It's Faulk's ability to turn a short dump off into a first down that makes him invaluable to Tom Brady.
Over his career, Faulk has rushed 835 times for 3,505 yards and 16 TDs. He also has 418 receptions for 3,605 yards and 15 TDs.