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Shane Vereen excited to visit White House with Patriots

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Shane Vereen is excited to be starting offseason workouts this week with his new team, the New York Giants. But he may be just as excited to take Thursday off and go visit the White House with his old team, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

"Yeah, very excited, very excited," Vereen said Monday on a conference call with Giants reporters. "It always has been something I've wanted to do, and now I can check it off my bucket list. I'm looking forward to meeting the president."

A few weeks after catching 11 passes in the Patriots' Super Bowl victory over Seattle, Vereen signed a three-year, $12.35 million contract with the Giants. He'll join Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams as featured running backs in the Giants' offense, likely figuring primarily on third downs due to his abilities as a receiver and a pass-protector. Vereen said the decision to sign with the Giants wasn't an easy one and that he considered returning to the team with which he just won the Super Bowl.

"I contemplated going back, because I'm so close and tight with those teammates," Vereen said. "I had been there four years, it's comfortable for me and it's what I have known. But at the same time, I'm excited to step out of that comfort zone and experience something new with another fantastic organization. I don't see anything wrong with either decision I could have made."