Offensive lineman Russ Hochstein has agreed to terms on a one-year deal to return to the Patriots.
Hochstein, 31, enters his ninth NFL season in 2009, and seventh with the Patriots.
His versatility to play center and guard -- as well as his duties as a backup long snapper -- have earned him a consistent spot on the team's 45-man game-day roster. Hochstein also dabbled with some fullback duties late last season in a power run-based package.
Like other clubs, the Patriots generally dress just seven offensive linemen on the 45-man game-day roster, so having backups that can play two positions on the line is considered valuable.