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Vinny Testaverde says he'll be back with New England Patriots

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Testaverde Back for 21st Season
QB Tells Sporting News He'll Return to Patriots

Forty-three year-old quarterback Vinny Testaverde told Sporting News Radio that he'll be back for another season with the New England Patriots for his 21st NFL season.

The Boston Globe's Mike Reiss transcribed a few questions Testaverde answered during the interview.

The Boston Herald's Albert Breer has a few comments from Testaverde's agent Mike Azzarelli.

Neither Testaverde nor Azzarelli disclosed any terms of the agreement.

Testaverde has been unofficially attending Patriots minicamps and offseason training programs. He said he will report officially once two-a-day practice sessions complete.

It's been reported that Testaverde and Tom Brady's lockers bookend Randy Moss's.

With Testaverde likely back on the sideline, the clock is ticking on either Matt Cassel or Matt Gutierrez.

Testaverde played diplomat when Bruno asked if the Patriots were the team to beat.

"There's a lot of good teams out there," Testaverde said. "With the talent we have, if we can stay healthy, we have a good chance to do something special."

He kept form by complimenting last year's receiving corps for improving after he said of the incoming wideouts, "It's real exciting to have those kinds of weapons at your disposal, and for Tom Brady, he's got to be happy."

Testaverde became acquainted with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick in Cleveland with the Browns in 1993 and with vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli shortly thereafter. Belichick and Testaverde also crossed paths on the New York Jets.

Currently, you can listen to the clip of the interview with Sporting News Radio's Tony Bruno for free, but it is a "sample" and may require a site pass in the future. (Warning: listening to the hosts laughing about nothing may hurt your brain.)