New England Patriots Links 3/13/12 - Pats Enter Free Agency With Plenty of Cap Space, Plenty of Needs

The Patriots are expected to extend an exclusive rights tender to DT Kyle Love today.

Christopher Price thumbnails the 10 biggest questions entering NFL free agency.

4. What’s going to be the course of action for the Patriots? In New England last year, it was either a boom-or-bust with last year’s free agents: the big names (Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco) were busts, while the middle of the road guys (Andre Carter, Mark Anderson and Brian Waters) were some of the best free-agent signings of the Bill Belichick Era. This year? There are some intriguing fits for this team that wouldn’t break the bank, including Brandon Lloyd and Richard Marshall, while Mike Wallace remains a big-ticket possibility that would also cost them a draft pick.

5. Who will the Patriots lose? New England isn’t necessarily on danger of losing any of its elite players, but there are some intriguing UFA’s on the roster, including wide receiver Deion Branch, running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, offensive linemen Dan Koppen and Dan Connolly and Anderson and Carter, all of whom have been important pieces of the puzzle over the last few seasons with the Patriots. Anderson figures to be a sought-after commodity: a 28-year-old who finished with 10 sacks, he could be in line for a decent-sized payday.

6. How will the Patriots approach the safety spot? New England will almost certainly be looking to improve the safety position this offseason, but it’s considered a relatively weak crop in the draft. Will this cause them to be more aggressive in free agency? LaRon Landry is certainly an interesting name who has been peripherally attached to the Patriots as a possible fit in New England.

Albert Breer tweeted this about the Patriots' wariness of overspending in the uncapped year,

"When I was at the Globe, covering Brady's contract talks -- Patriots were convinced that dumping a huge number in 2010 would be unwise."

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