Tully Banta-Cain agreed to terms with the Patriots today and then took a nap. After a long day of negotiations, Banta-Cain said he didn’t have much doubt he and the Patriots would come to an agreement, it just took a little time.
“I wouldn’t say so much doubt, but it’s just one of those things where you try to get something done earlier and we weren’t able to get it done and it’s just been a long process, so I was hopeful it would get done and it did,” he said.
The Patriots drafted Banta-Cain in the seventh round in 2003. He played four seasons in New England before he signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an unrestricted free agent in 2007. But two years later, Banta-Cain was released by the 49ers and on his way back to the Patriots, inking a deal that brought him back to where his career started.
“I was honored to get the opportunity to come back,” Banta-Cain said. “… It was definitely a big deal for me and I always looked at it that way. I really wanted to make the most of the season this year.”
While the Patriots’ up and down season was disappointing, Banta-Cain said he was able to be satisfied with his production.
“It’s great to come back, and now I’m really looking forward to my future here.”
Banta-Cain said there wasn’t much discussion about other teams in this process.
“The consideration is there but I really wanted to stay here I love it here, and that was the whole reason why we didn’t want to get it to a point where I would have to go into the free agent market. My goal was to get something done here and I’m really glad that it happened.”