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Junior Seau with Patriots?

It looks like Junior Seau’s retirement party will have to wait.

Three days after announcing his retirement from the National Football League, former Chargers linebacker Junior Seau could be on the verge of returning. Two league sources confirmed that Seau will fly to New England tonight [Thursday]and, if things go well, could sign with the Patriots by the end of the week.

The Chargers also seemed to confirm it, issuing this statement late Thursday afternoon: “Junior left a message for Chargers President Dean Spanos today alerting him that he may sign a contract and play for the New England Patriots. If in fact he chooses to continue his playing career, we wish him good health and the best of luck this season. Junior’s place in the Chargers’ Hall of Fame awaits him when his career is over.”


Seau, 37, is expected to play middle linebacker with New England. Current starter Tedy Bruschi is sidelined with a wrist injury and fellow inside linebackers Monty Beisel and Freddie Roach have been battling injuries as well.


Before his retirement ceremony Monday, Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowl selection, said he was leaving the game because there wasn’t a team that needed him. He said there were clubs that wanted him, but not one that viewed him as a key element to winning a championship.

Interesting. Frankly, if someone’s still willing to pay him, there’s not much upside to retiring.

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