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Faulk declined to take free-agent visits

When free-agency began, agent Raymond Brothers said his phone was buzzing. Other teams were calling about running back Kevin Faulk.

“Four or five teams called for him, and two of them wanted to bring him in for visits,” Brothers said.

But Faulk told Brothers that he wasn’t ready to get on a plane.

“It probably would have pushed his deal with the Patriots more if he had taken the visits,” Brothers said. “But he told me ‘I don’t want to be bluffing. I want to be back with the Patriots. If we can’t work something out, then we’ll do it.’ He's a no-nonsense guy.”

Six days later, Faulk agreed to terms on a one-year deal with New England.

The pact includes a $1 million signing bonus and could be worth up to an additional $2 million between base salary and incentives. Staying in New England was important to Faulk because his family has settled here, and the team has a winning tradition.

“It’s very rare for a guy to play for one team his entire career,” Brothers said. “He feels blessed to be in that situation.”