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One of the prodigal sons of the Pete Carroll era is returning to New England as free agent linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer has made a shock return to the Pats, agreeing to a two-year, incentive laden contract.
Katzenmoyer, who apparently isn’t the same person as ESPN analyst Andy Katz, was drafted by the Patriots with the 28th overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft and played two seasons with the Patriots. He suffered a neck injury in his rookie season and missed the next year due to personal issues. With the Pats seemingly looking to set a record for most linebackers on a roster, Katzenmoyer, 31, says while he hasn’t played football in a few years is still in playing shape at 6’3″, 245 pounds.
“I’m just ready to go, man,” Katzenmoyer told the Providence Journal by telephone. “I just hope my boys Michael Bishop and Tebucky Jones are still kickin’ around so I’ll have someone to party with.”
The Patriots released the following statement made by Bill Belichick:
We’re pleased to have Andy back in the fold. He’s a living legend around here and anytime you can get a guy with Brian Bosworth type hype in your locker room, good things are bound to happen.
Katzenmoyer may fit in with Jerod Mayo, Tedy Bruschi and Adalius Thomas as the starting linebacker corps heading into training camp.
My Take: Imagine this? I actually read a story on WEEI.com this morning and it listed Katz as the worst first round pick in Patriots history. Tough to argue with that.