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Patriots Free Agents for 2012 – Who Should Stay and Who Should Go?

Now that the 2011 season is officially over following the Super Bowl, now we can all look ahead to free agency.

The Pats have a number of players that will be unrestricted come March 13th when they can sign with other teams. You can see the complete list below, and give your thoughts about what players the team should keep, and what ones they could let go.

Exclusive Rights Free Agents (1)

DT Kyle Love

Restricted Free Agents (2)

QB Brian Hoyer
S Bret Lockett

Unrestricted Free Agents (17)

RB Kevin Faulk
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis
WR Deion Branch
WR Matt Slater
WR Wes Welker
OL Dan Connolly
OC Dan Koppen
DE Mark Anderson
DE Andre Carter
DE Shaun Ellis
DT Gerard Warren
LB Gary Guyton
LB Niko Koutouvides
LB Tracy White
CB Nathan Jones
CB Antwaun Molden
S James Ihedigbo

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3 Responses to “Patriots Free Agents for 2012 – Who Should Stay and Who Should Go?”

  1. Remy says:

    Just some personal thoughts here:

    S Bret Lockett
    LB Gary Guyton
    LB Niko Koutouvides
    LB Tracy White
    CB Nathan Jones
    CB Antwaun Molden
    S James Ihedigbo

    The above can go and sign the rest, with the exception of Hoyer. While I love having Hoyer as a backup, I think he deserves a shot to start somewhere in this league. As long as Brady is around, that isn’t going to happen.

    Anderson – 3 year deal, around 9mil
    Carter – 2 year deal, around 6mil (if healthy)
    Connolly – 4 year deal, around 12mil
    Welker – 3 year deal, around 22mil
    Branch – 2 year deal, around 6mil
    Faulk – should retire if he can’t get on the field.

    • bobby says:

      Its would be nice to get those guys back at those prices, but I think ur definitely selling some guys short. There’s no way Welker should get less than 10 mill. If S. Holmes and Sid Rice get 10 mill than Welker should undoubtedly be in or above that range, evem though he is likely more valuable to the Pats than anyone else. I have a feelin Mark Anderson will be a hot commodity in FA this year, double digit sack guys are not easy to come by, look at what Ray Edwards got from Atlanta and Charles Johnson from Carolina and Babin in Philly.

      Mark Anderson and Andre Carter should both atleast be in for half of that, I think Carter will stay because he loved it here and is lookin for a place to spend the rest of his career rather than cashing in on free agency. But I have a feeling the Pats are going to move back to being a full time base 3-4 team and try to load up on the personnel to fit that scheme rather than 4 man fronts. I’m not sure Anderson would fit and Carter has struggled as a 3-4 OLB in the past.

      I think your Branch prediction is spot on as well, and he won’t make the mistake of. Leaving again. I’d like to see them go after Brandon Lloyd in FA, I think they can get him for no more than the type of money Ocho is getting last year and this upcoming. I’d like to see what Ocho can do with a full offseason to develop a rapport with TB12.

  2. Tyler says:

    I’m going with Remy on this one. Pretty much spot on except I think Welker will end up taking less.

    I’d like to see them sign Hoyer and then trade him to a quarterback needy team for a pick and a better than average LB-CB or Pass rusher.

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