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Could Vrabel Be Back with the Pats in 2011?

Mike Vrabel has sent some mixed messages about whether or not he intends to retire in 2011, but the latest messages from the 35-year old say he wants to lace them up again. According to Dan Pompei of the National Football Post, if Vrabel does play, it’s difficult to imagine him playing anywhere other than in Kansas City or New England.

Scouts say there is no question Vrabel has lost quite a bit. He is no longer capable of playing a lot of snaps, but to those who know him well, Vrabel has great value as a leader and mentor. The Patriots have a history of keeping around old guys like Vrabel who don’t play a lot (see Anthony Pleasant, Troy Brown and Junior Seau) because they can benefit from their intangibles and Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli was part of that Patriots’ history.

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