Willie McGinest isn’t the only one-time Patriots linebacker who donned No. 55 in New England that isn’t ready to hang it up.
Junior Seau, who rode to the rescue of the Patriots last December, coming off the street and his surfboard to join New England for the final four games of the regular season, told a San Diego radio station that he would evaluate playing in a 20th NFL season at the end of October or November.
The link originally was posted on the Pro Football Talk website by the intrepid Gregg Rosenthal, who pointed out that unlike McGinest, the 40-year-old Seau doesn’t appear to be willing to do training camp anymore.
In the final four games of last season, Seau had 29 tackles for the Patriots. He started the final two games of the season at inside linebacker.
The return of Seau to the Patriots would have to be labeled a long-shot at this point, but you could have said the same thing last year before injuries to Adalius Thomas, Pierre Woods, and Tedy Bruschi led to another Seau sighting.
Bill Belichick has a fondness for Seau, a certain Hall of Famer, and Seau’s familiarity with the Patriots’ system makes him a good emergency option.