The wait and ceaseless speculating on Brian Waters' future have come to an end. The Boston Herald is reporting that the 12-year veteran, six-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro selection is returning for a 13th season. (The Herald reported Waters was returning for his 14th season, but he was undrafted and released during training camp, spending the entire 1999 season out of football).
Waters signed a two-year deal in September of last year after his outright release from the Kansas City Chiefs. He went on to grade out as one of New England's strongest assets on the line, both in terms of production and consistent veteran leadership.
The 35-year-old Waters is scheduled to make $1.4 million in 2012, a bargain considering his level of play last year. His return certainly shakes up the depth of the line and necessitates another look into how all of these pieces will fit together.
Here's an early projection of the starting lineup and the immediate depth behind them.