August 18, 2006

Seau joins Pats four days after announcing retirement

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New England Patriots signed free
agent linebacker Junior Seau on Friday, just four days after
the 12-time Pro Bowler announced his retirement.

Seau, 37, held an emotional farewell-to-the-NFL news
conference on Monday in San Diego.

The 6-foot-3, 248-pound linebacker had been injured for
most of the past two seasons with the Miami Dolphins and was
released by the club in March after missing 17 games in two

He appeared to have misgivings on Monday about retiring but
said he was ready to leave the game.

"I'm healthy, I can play, and there are teams out there
that had interest, but they just didn't need (me)," Seau said.
"They wanted me but they didn't need me."

Known for his trademark fist pump which followed many of
his tackles, Seau was one of the NFL's top linebackers and
helped the San Diego Chargers to their only Super Bowl
appearance in 1995.

The fifth overall pick in the 1990 draft by San Diego, Seau
was traded to the Dolphins for a fifth-round draft pick after
the 2003 season.

Terms of his deal with New England were not released.