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Faulk, an unrestricted free agent, appeared in two games for New England last season before tearing the ACL in his right knee and sitting out the rest of the year. The 35-year-old Faulk has spent his entire 12-year career with the Patriots after being drafted by the team in the second round (46th overall) of the 1999 draft. He is currently the longest-tenured Patriot on the roster.
The four other moves formally announced by the Patriots: Offensive lineman Logan Mankins signed his franchise tender; unrestricted free agent running back Sammy Morris and restricted free agent defensive back Kyle Arrington re-signed with the team; and defensive lineman Steve Williams came to terms with the club.
The 6-foot-2, 306-pound Williams spent time with the Patriots back in May of 2009, but was waived four months later.