Flutie goes home

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:23 AM ET

After giving careful consideration to a return to the CFL, Doug Flutie has decided to go home instead.

The 42-year-old quarterback yesterday ended speculation that he was about to become a Hamilton Tiger-Cat when he signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots.

"What I wanted was either to come to the Patriots or I was going back to the CFL to have fun," Flutie said. "I enjoy playing football. I've never had more fun than when I played in Canada. I would love the opportunity to play with my brother."

After being approached by a number of NFL teams, Flutie, who was released by the San Diego Chargers in the off-season, chose the Patriots over the New York Giants.

Flutie is expected to be the leading candidate to be the No. 2 quarterback for the two-time defending Super Bowl champs, backing up Tom Brady.

Flutie and his brother, Darren, had a serious offer from the Ticats and were treating the prospect accordingly. But in the end, Doug Flutie couldn't resist staying in New England.

This will be Flutie's second stint with the Patriots. He was with New England for three seasons before beginning his eight-year CFL career in 1990. He was named the CFL's most outstanding player six times.


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