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Cassel would like to be back but may not return to Pats

Updated: December 25, 2008, 9:28 AM ET
Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Matt Cassel wants to return to the Patriots next season. He just doesn't know if that will happen.

The seven-year benchwarmer who finally slipped out of Tom Brady's shadow is unsure what the future holds. He could command a rich contract as a free agent. Or New England could put the franchise tag on its fill-in quarterback, assuring him of a huge pay raise.

Cassel does know this: Forecasts often miss the mark.

"Nobody knows the future," he said Wednesday. ...

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