Patriots expected to re-sign longtime RB Brandon Bolden after one year in Miami

Aug 10, 2017; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden runs with the ball during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 10, 2017; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden runs with the ball during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Patriots have made their first new addition of NFL free agency, and he's really not new. Veteran running back Brandon Bolden is expected to return to New England on a two-year deal after spending one season with the Miami Dolphins, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Bolden played the first six seasons of his NFL career with the Patriots, mainly carving out a role as a core special teamer. Considering the Patriots' uncommon special teams struggles in 2018, which forced them to shake things up during the season, one could argue that the Pats missed Bolden a bit last year.

He could also contribute as a depth running back, perhaps in areas where they struggled like short yardage and goal line carries. But Bolden's best value will certainly come as a special teams cornerstone and respected locker room presence.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information comes in...

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