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The Patriots Have Made the Biggest Splash in Unrestricted Free Agency

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ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss reports that the New England Patriots have made the most movement on unrestricted free agents. The Patriots have signed 5 to contracts (Vince Wilfork, Tully Banta-Cain, Leigh Bodden, Stephen Neal and Kevin Faulk), placing them at first in the league. The next highest quantity is 3 UFAs signed, which is held by three teams.

According to Reiss, this reflects two points:

1. The team had more key players with contracts expiring than most clubs.

2. The team's strategy of taking care of its own because the overall free-agent market was considered weak.

I have to fully agree. The Patriots needed to take care of their own players to instill a good feeling in the locker room that hasn't existed for a while. Our locker room needs to be more of a family, which is exactly where I believe it is going. Also, the highest quality players on the market were Patriots players; I'm glad we picked them up.