The Former Boston College star, and Massachusetts native, agreed in principal to a contract with the team, ESPN reports.
In Flutie's career, he played on four different NFL teams for 11 years and had an 8-year hiatus playing in the CFL. He also managed to play in the USFL for one season before the league folded in 1986.
Flutie may best be remembered for his 1984 Orange Bowl play, deemed the miracle by many. Boston College was trailing late in the fourth quarter to the University of Miami. On the last play of the game, Flutie had to throw from midfield to the end-zone to have any hope of winning. He managed to complete the pass, giving the BC Eagles the victory over the Hurricanes in what many still refer to as one of the most exciting plays in college football history.
While Flutie's first stint with the Patriots may not be as memorable as his other successes on the field, many New Englanders have an affinity for him wherever he's played.
In his time in the CFL, Flutie grew to CFL legend status, winning the Grey Cup three times, and being awarded the leagues most outstanding player three times as well. He parlayed his CFL success back into an NFL job with the Buffalo Bills, where fans recall the battle for the starting position with Rob Johnson as much as his success on the playing field. In Buffalo, he started his own cereal brand, Flutie Flakes, capitalizing on his fame.
When the Buffalo situation didn't work out, Flutie moved on to San Diego where he held the starting role before Drew Brees succeeded him. Once Brees struggled, the team inserted Flutie back into the lineup to give the team a spark. He played on and off, until last season when the Chargers selected Philip Rivers in the 2004 NFL Draft. Brees won the starting job in camp and and held on to it through the rest of the season.
In 87 games, he threw for 14,686 yards in 2,141 attempts, completing 86 touchdowns and 68 interceptions His career NFL quarterback rating is 76.4. Flutie wasn't only known for his passing. Many times he would get the job done with his legs. He's run for 1,635 yards in 333 attempts, managing 10 touchdowns and 85 first downs.
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