Free agent Patriots running back Kevin Faulk is coming off a torn ACL, is unsigned for next season, and turned 35 years old last week. Faulk not only has no plans to retire, but he hopes to return for a 13th season in Foxborough.
“That word (retirement) is not in my vocabulary right now,” Faulk told Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald. “If it’s possible, if (the Patriots) allow me to, I’d like to play another season.
“People are telling me they drafted two running backs, but hey, I’ve never questioned anything the Patriots have done. That’s why they’re who they are.”
Faulk ranks 5th in club history in rushing yards (3,550) and receptions (424). While running backs Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley were added to a backfield that already has Danny Woodhead and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the Patriots typically carry five running backs in the regular season. If Faulk is healthy, the Patriots could value his veteran presence and ability on third downs enough to bring him back next season.