Pat Kirwan, writing for NFL.com, ranks his top 50 unrestricted free agents this year. The Patriots are well represented on the list, and this is how it broke down:
13. CB Leigh Bodden
15. RB Kevin Faulk
18. TE Benjamin Watson
21. OLB Tully Banta-Cain
25. DE Jarvis Green
37. G Stephen Neal
The Patriots are the only team with five players within the top 25 of Kirwan's rankings.
In addition to Kirwan, NFL.com's Vic Carucci writes on what he feels are the top 10 bargains of free agency. He lists Banta-Cain as his No. 5 bargain and writes:
"The Patriots would like to keep him, although after his 10-sack performance in 2009, he is playing hardball in negotiations with a team in desperate need of quality pass-rushers. However, New England hasn't forgotten the mere 12.5 sacks in his previous six seasons. Another team could view Banta-Cain as a starter, although he's probably more effective in nickel situations in a 3-4 scheme."