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Andre Carter thrilled with return to Patriots

FOXBOROUGH — Andre Carter spent more time with the 49ers and Redskins than he did with the Patriots, but sitting at home in California recently, pondering his football future, he said his choices were clear: He’d either retire from the NFL or play for the Patriots.

Fortunately for Carter, the Patriots came calling this week. He jumped on a red-eye flight, signed a contract, and was on the field for Wednesday’s practice. The veteran defensive end could hardly contain his smile when he met with the media after the workout.

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