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The Patriots Have Made the Biggest Splash in Unrestricted Free Agency

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.