Monday, January 11, 2010

Patriot Free Agents

The following players are scheduled to be free agents after the end of this season:

  • Kevin Faulk
  • Jarvis Green
  • Stephen Neal
  • Vince Wilfork
  • Leigh Bodden
  • Logan Mankins (restricted free agent if no new CBA)
  • Derrick Burgess
  • Pierre Woods (restricted free agent if no new CBA)
  • Ben Watson
  • Stephen Gostkowski (restricted free agent if no new CBA)
  • Junior Seau
  • Chris Hanson
  • Gary Guyton
  • Bret Lockett

The Pats can choose to apply the franchise tag to one of the players on the list. It would be unsurprising if most of these players are not Patriots next season. Logan Mankins will probably remain a Patriot if no new Collective Bargaining Agreement is reached. As the Boston Globe reports, "Once the Patriots tender Mankins, any team that signs him to an offer sheet would have to surrender first- and third-round picks to the Patriots if they choose not to match. That threshold last year was $2.562 million, which is exceedingly affordable for a player of Mankins's caliber."

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