The agent for Lonie Paxton touched on the one-year deal reached with the Patriots this morning.
"While Lonie's ultimate goal is to be one of those very rare players who plays for just one team his entire career, we talked about a number of different structures and a 1 year deal worked out best for Lonie in this instance," Paul Sheehy wrote in an email.
"He's considered by every personnel guy I know in the NFL to be one of, if not the best at his position. He is fortunate enough to have a head coach and person like Scott Pioli who were patient enough to allow us the opportunity to experience unrestricted free agency and we didn't need much time to make a call on this once the contact and signing period opened last night. We had 2 other teams pursue hard very early this morning, but ultimately, it's a great 1 year deal and Lonie is thrilled to return to the Patriots once again.
"He is so emotionally entrenched in the Boston community, and the Patriots organization that it would have taken a contract of epic proportions from a team that has a chance to compete in the post season every year for Lonie leave at this time. Ultimately, Lonie is exactly where he wanted to be when this process started."