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Patriots bring back Stephen Neal

The Patriots continued to show Randy Moss they really do pay Friday, signing guard Stephen Neal. Mike Reiss of ESPN writes that it’s a two-year contract.

Neal may have briefly considered retirement this offseason, but his MMA career will have to wait.

Neal is the third player the team has signed in the last six hours. Tully Banta-Cain got $14.5 million to stay, while Vince Wilfork signed a $40 million extension.

The moves probably won’t excite a fan base looking for new blood, but the team had more key veteran free agents than any team in the league. Cornerback Leigh Bodden may be next on their list of players to re-sign, but has received interest elsewhere.