Veteran Running Back Sammy Morris Reportedly in Talks with New England Patriots

Oliver Thomas@OliverBThomasContributor IJune 21, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Sammy Morris #34 of the New England Patriots celebrates afte a two-point conversion in the third quarter against the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The New England Patriots are staying in contact with 35-year-old halfback Sammy Morris, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

Morris played in 47 regular-season games with New England from 2007 until 2010—totaling 1,486 rushing yards, 453 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.

A 12-year NFL veteran, Morris isn't ready to retire from football. In fact, he told the Boston Herald's Howe that he's been in touch with the Patriots organization about a possible reunion.

According to Howe's blog for the Herald, the 6'0", 220-pound rusher believes the interest isn't a one-way street:

It’s definitely reciprocal,” Morris said. “I’m still here. My family is here. My kids still go to school here, so it’s definitely reciprocal. I’ve been around a while, so I kind of just know the deal. Words are one thing, but all I can do is take care of my part. If something materializes, then I know I’ll be ready.

The Texas Tech product was released by the Pats during the 2011 training camp and spent last year with the Dallas Cowboys. However, Morris played in just three games with Dallas—rushing for 98 yards on 28 attempts.

Morris is not the only back desiring another go-around in Foxboro. Kevin Faulk is also hoping the Patriots give him a call, per NBC Sports' Josh Alper.

The outcome remains to be seen for both Morris and Faulk, and there's plenty of depth already accounted for. Currently, the Patriots have five halfbacks on the 90-man roster: Stevan Ridley, Danny Woodhead, Shane Vereen, Joseph Addai and undrafted rookie Brandon Bolden.

If Morris signs with New England, he would provide the team with leadership and the versatile ability to play both tailback and fullback.