Patriots’ Brandon Bolden shuts down retirement rumors caused by Instagram post

It’s unclear whether Brandon Bolden will be back in a New England Patriots uniform next season. But he plans to play somewhere.

The pending free-agent running back posted a heartfelt message to Instagram on Monday thanking his Patriots coaches and teammates for a great season, which ended Saturday night with a 47-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Wild Card Round.

Here’s what Bolden wrote:

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“First and foremost it was an absolute pleasure play with this team this year. What can I say, not the full results I had in mind, but this was by far the most fun I’ve had playing football in awhile. I want to really thank you coaches and teammates for the opportunity to be apart of the beginning of something special.

“This was a really special team with extremely special people. I appreciate every man that stepped foot in that locker room. You guys really made an old guy feel kinda young. To see what I’ve seen and been through all that I have, i appreciate all of you and extremely proud to not only call y’all my teammates but my fam. Love y’all boys and I wish nothing but the best to all of you.”

Some apparently interpreted Bolden’s words as a farewell. But Bolden used another social media platform to squash any retirement talk.

I made a post for my teammates and…

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