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Patriots.com News Blitz - 3/4/2008

You can sleep now.

Late Monday, after nearly two weeks of speculation, it was announced that WR Randy Moss has re-signed with the New England Patriots.

The deal is reportedly for three years, $27 million.

"I want to take time out to thank all of the fans for their support and for wishing me well in my return to New England," Moss wrote on his website, therealrandymoss.com. "I'm ready to get back. We have some unfinished business to take care of."

Apparently, Moss had a chance to flee to the Eagles, like erstwhile teammate CB Asante Samuel did on Friday.

Today's Boston Herald reports:

According to a source, the Eagles had spoken with Moss at length yesterday, and also had his ear over the weekend, attempting to lure him to Philadelphia by offering him more money than the Pats. Word out of Philly was the Eagles thought they had Moss signed and sealed, that they secured the two best free agents on the market, with Moss joining Samuel, who already bolted for six years at $57 million with $20 million guaranteed. The Eagles didn't think Moss could possibly turn them down.

Only Moss walked away.

When he told the Eagles no thanks, he brought up Brady as the primary reason he was rejoining the Pats. That bond, that union with Brady, is what kept Moss a Patriot.

"It's good news. We welcome him with open arms," defensive end Ty Warren told the Herald. "He definitely added a different feature to our offense this season. He was a deep threat. He required double teams. He kept us off the field."

It seems every AFC East team was interested in signing the 27-year-old Aiken, but the Patriots proved they wanted him more.

"Coach [Bill] Belichick reached out at around 11 that morning, and that was a big deal to him," said Alvin Keels, Aiken's agent, in a Boston Globe feature. "That call made him feel like the Patriots really wanted him."

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