The Patriots are in unusually good position going into the offseason. With the uncertainty of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the Patriots have done a good job getting a majority of their roster signed through the 2011 season or beyond.
Logan Mankins is one player who probably jumps out at most people as someone the Patriots would want to get signed. No one on the rest of the list below would be a likely candidate for the franchise tag. If the new CBA has a franchise tag, the Machiavellian Bill Belichick will likely consider applying the tag to Mankins. Given the uncertainty with Stephen Neal's future at right guard, it would seem to be prudent to franchise Mankins. At the very least, Belichick could get a draft pick with a sign and trade.
For other players, my guess is that the Pats sign Matt Light for next year. It is difficult to replace a left tackle and Light/Vollmer at the tackles is likely a better combination than Vollmer/anyone. The one x-factor could be if the Pats get a top tackle in the 2011 draft.
Matt Light, OT, 32, $4.5 million, Free Agent
Fred Taylor, RB, 34, $2 million, Free Agent
Kevin Faulk, RB, 34, $2 million, Free Agent
Jarrad Page, DB, 26, $1.759 million, Free Agent
Sammy Morris, RB, 33, $900K, Free Agent
Gerard Warren, DL, 32, $900K, Free Agent
Logan Mankins, G, 28, $816K, Free Agent
Quinn Ojinnaka, OL, 26, $640K, Free Agent
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, 25, $470K, Restricted Free Agent
Tracy White, LB, 29, $470K, Free Agent
Ryan Wendell, OL, 24, $395K, Restricted Free Agent
Kyle Arrington, CB, 24, $395K, Exclusive Rights Free Agent
Shayne Graham, K, 32, $216K, Free Agent