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Fryar Wants to Rejoin Patriots

February 14, 1996

BOSTON (AP) _ Irving Fryar says he is interested in playing again for the New England Patriots, who traded him three years ago to the Miami Dolphins.

``Coming back to the Patriots would be good because it would allow me to come full circle and play again where my career started,″ the 33-year-old receiver told the Boston Herald on Tuesday.

Fryar is expected to become a free agent Friday, and cannot be contacted by a team until then. The former Nebraska star said he has had indications that the Patriots are interested in him.

One of the first things Bill Parcells did when he became coach of the Patriots in 1993 was trade Fryar for two draft picks.

``People think there were problems between Bill and me when I left, but that wasn’t true. We left on very good terms. Believe me, the two of us could work well together,″ Fryar said.

``Trading me was my idea. I wanted to get a new contract. Bill wouldn’t do it. He said he wanted to wait until the next year. At that point I wanted out, and I asked him to trade me.″

Fryar’s agent, Mike Kevorkian, said, ``We’re going to try to bring Irving back to New England if it’s at all possible. That’s our first priority.

``Irving likes the idea of playing for Bill Parcells, and being a receiver for a quarterback like Drew Bledsoe.

Fryar, who made $810,000 last season, had 62 receptions for 910 yards and eight touchdowns. He has 562 career catches for 8,916 yards and 57 TDs.

``We’d be looking for contract of two or three years,″ Fryar said. ``I’m going to leave all the doors open, including one that would keep me with the Dolphins. We still don’t know what the Dolphins are going to do.″

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