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2021 NFL free agency: Patriots sign center Ted Karras to one-year, $4 million contract

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After more than 24 hours since their last move, the New England Patriots have added another outside free agent to their team — and it is a familiar one: as first reported by Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the team will bring back center Ted Karras via a one-year, $4 million contract.

Karras originally joined the Patriots as a sixth-round draft selection in 2016, and for the first three years of his career served as a versatile and valuable depth option along the team’s interior offensive line — one that earned a pair of Super Bowl rings along the way. In 2019, however, he was elevated to a starting role after center David Andrews was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs and subsequently placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Karras went on to 16 games — missing one because of a sprained MCL — and did an admirable job at the heart of the Patriots’ offense. The following offseason and with Andrews returning to the lineup, the Illinois product decided to move on and join the Miami Dolphins on a one-year, $4 million contract.

After starting all 16 of the Dolphins’ games during the 2020 regular season, he hit the open market again and is now apparently returning to his old stomping grounds. The move might be an indication that fellow free agent David Andrews, meanwhile, is moving on after six seasons in New England.


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