Patriots sign LB Banta-Cain
The New England Patriots re-signed unrestricted free agent
linebacker Tully Banta-Cain on Friday, the first day of free
agency, keeping their top pass rusher in the fold for another three
“I had some calls from my agent last night that we were going
to try to get it done,” Banta-Cain said in a conference call with
reporters. “I was hopeful it would get done and it did. I’m happy
Banta-Cain played for the Patriots’ last two Super Bowl teams in
2004 and ’05, before going to San Francisco as an unrestricted free
agent in 2007. After two seasons, the 49ers released him and he
re-signed with New England.
Last year, he had a career-high 10 sacks and 60 total tackles
while starting 10 games.
“I was honored to have the opportunity to come back,” he said.
“Not many people get the opportunity to come back to where they
started. I really wanted to make the most of the season. Despite
the way things turned out for the team, I was able to have a
“It was a great experience to come back. Now I’m really looking
forward to my future here.”