Patriots' Guard Brian Waters Plans to Return for 14th NFL Season

Oliver Thomas@OliverBThomasContributor IMay 24, 2012

Brian Waters expects to be back in New England for another Super Bowl run.
Brian Waters expects to be back in New England for another Super Bowl run.Winslow Townson/Getty Images

New England Patriots veteran guard Brian Waters intends on playing another professional season despite retirement talks.

After the Super Bowl, Waters said he'd take two to three weeks of time off before making a decision on his future. Well, it took until May for the news to become official. 

According to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, this hasn't been the first season that Waters has skipped offseason voluntary Organized Team Activities. In fact, No. 54 always uses the offseason to devote time with his family, and this year is no different.


Brian Waters\' absence from OTAs is no big deal

— Herald Patriots (@BH_Patriots) May 24, 2012


"Waters has planned all along to return for his 14th season, including his second in New England," said Howe.

The longtime Kansas City Chief signed a two-year-deal with the Patriots during week 1 of the 2011 regular season and was voted to his sixth Pro Bowl. The 35-year-old North Texas product solidified the right guard spot for the Pats last season and projects as the starter again for 2012.

NBC Sports Josh Alper reports that in Waters' absence, backup center and guard Ryan Wendell took the first-team snaps at right guard. With longtime Patriots left tackle Matt Light retired, and left guard Logan Mankins recovering from ACL surgery, the return of Brian Waters will be a much needed boost to the Patriots' offensive line.