Mass. -- The Patriots announced Monday that backup quarterback Doug Flutie is retiring from football.
Flutie became a free agent after one season with the team, playing sparingly as a backup quarterback.
Flutie said Saturday he has spoken regularly with Belichick and wanted to consider all his options -- including offers to go into broadcasting -- before making an announcement. Belichick declined Sunday to comment on any discussions he had with Flutie.
During the first two days of the team's rookie mini-camp, which began Saturday, Flutie's locker was occupied by kicker Stephen Gostkowski, the team's fourth-round draft choice from Memphis.
"I think I know what I want to do," Flutie said on Saturday in an interview with The Associated Press. "I just want to make sure I have everything on the table before I do anything."
Flutie, the Heisman Trophy winner at Boston College in 1984, has spent 21 seasons in pro football, 12 in the NFL. He played one year in the U.S. Football League and eight years in the Canadian Football League, where he was named most outstanding player six times.
The 43-year-old quarterback has thrown for 14,715 yards and 86 touchdowns in the NFL, spending most of his time as a backup. Last season, he converted the league's first drop-kick for an extra point since the 1941 title game and appeared in five games, throwing 10 passes.
Sorry to see him go. He had a great career and I wish him the best.