Andre Carter spent more time with the 49ers and Redskins than he did with the Patriots, but sitting at home in California the past few months, pondering his football future, he said his choices were clear: He’d either retire from the NFL, or play for the Patriots.
Fortunately for Carter, the Patriots came calling this week. He took a red-eye flight, signed a contract, and was on the field for Wednesday’s practice. The veteran defensive end could hardly contain his smile.
“This place holds a special meaning, not just as far as what I did, but the camaraderie that I had here in 2011: the town of Foxborough, the state,” Carter said. “It was very memorable, and I’m just blessed to be back.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.