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Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett will return to the Patriots for the 2019 season, according to multiple reports.
Dorsett has signed a 1-year deal to remain in New England after testing free agency. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network was the first to report the news.
Source: WR Phillip Dorsett is heading back to the #Patriots on a 1-year deal. An opportunity to prove-it and hit free agency next year.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2019
Dorsett told Mike Reiss of ESPN a few weeks ago that he was looking for an expanded role moving forward, either in New England or elsewhere.
"I want to be a key contributor. I want to be a starter. That's always been my goal," he told Reiss.
According to a number of tweets from Patriots beat reporters Wednesday night, Dorsett could see more time on the field in his return to New England.
Dorsett was seeking an expanded role with his next team, and the Patriots (Josh McDaniels in particular) made him feel comfortable with the possibility of that happening in New England.
— Kevin Duffy (@KevinRDuffy) March 14, 2019
The Patriots acquired Dorsett shortly before the 2017 season in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts for quarterback Jacoby Brissett. 2019 will mark his third season in New England.
He caught two touchdown passes from Tom Brady in the 2018 postseason.
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