Faulk explains delay for deal

Running back Kevin Faulk explained tonight why it took until the sixth day of free agency to agree to a one-year contract with the Patriots.

Faulk said he knew all along that he would be returning to the Patriots, but his hope was that the team would sweeten its offer.

It didn’t turn out that way and when Faulk saw running back Thomas Jones sign a two-year, $5 million contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, he decided it was time to sign his own name on the dotted line.

“He’s one of the top backs in the league. He finished third in rushing last year,” Faulk said. “So when he signed that deal, it made a statement to us that ‘this is where the market is.’ And I’m not a starting running back.”

Faulk received a $1 million signing bonus and he can earn an additional $2 million between base salary and incentives. While the contract is for one year, Faulk isn’t currently thinking that 2010 will be his last season.

“It’s a question my wife asked me today. She said ‘We got this done, so what’s next?’ The only thing I could tell her is that right now I don’t know the answer,” he said. “We’ll see at the end of the season how I feel physically and mentally. But right now I feel good.”