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Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher, who was scheduled to be a restricted free agent this offseason as he recovers from a torn ACL that sidelined him for the entire 2012 season, has re-signed with the team.
Fletcher, who broke the news on his Twitter account, reacted to it on Thursday afternoon.
First and foremost, its good to know where I will be next year. Now Im ready to get into shape and get after it in the weight room and on the field, and put a good year together, he said. The main thing is that Im excited to be back with the squad of guys weve got, and excited to get back on the field again. I feel very fortunate for everything Ive been given.
Fletcher declined to discuss contract terms or his recovery. A source indicated it is a one-year pact, and that Fletchers recovery is on a positive course.
Its just been a grind, because Im not the kind of guy who sits back and takes time off, Fletcher said. Ive put in all the positive energy I could. I think the proof will be in the pudding when next year arises and people and all the fans will see how much time Ive spent in the offseason preparing for this year. Im putting everything I have in to it, which I feel I owe to myself, my family and Patriots fans.
Fletcher, who enters his fourth NFL season, has 55 career tackles in 23 games, contributing both on defense and as a core special teams player.
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