Patriots bringing back RB Brandon Bolden

Report Patriots bringing back RB Brandon Bolden

Report Patriots bringing back RB Brandon Bolden

New England Patriots defensive end John Simon sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

The New England Patriots plan to bring back running back Brandon Bolden on a two year deal, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

If the Patriots want to get inventive and shed a few more pounds by trimming the fat (aka releasing some expendables like Adrian Clayborn or Brandon King), they might free up just enough space to make a run at a couple players who could really help them in 2019. Bolden rushed twice against his former team, logging 60 yards and two touchdowns in Miami's thrilling 34-33 victory. The Patriots would have liked to bring him back after cut day a year ago, but lost the chance to when the Dolphins quickly signed him. However, he quickly opted to instead sign with a division rival.

While the legal tampering window opened on Monday, players can not officially sign with teams until National Football League free agency begins at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Bolden is boisterous and was a well-liked teammate in New England, where he was signed as an undrafted rookie from Ole Miss in 2012. Over the next four years, he averaged 50-plus carries and nearly 200 yards per season.

Simon's biggest play came in Super Bowl LIII against the Rams, when he broke up Jared Goff's first pass attempt of the second half on third-and-7.

As a career special teams contributor, Bolden's totaled 18 tackles, including a half-dozen in Miami, and two forced fumbles.

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