In a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com, an opinion is shared on what would be the most realistic and effective approach for the Patriots in free agency. The team's history of veteran free-agent acquisitions under Bill Belichick is also detailed, ranking the years from best to worst.
"A carbon copy of 2010 would be most realistic -- and effective. The Patriots' free-agent moves last year didn't overwhelm at the time they were made but turned out to be solid. The focus was mostly on taking care of their own (e.g. Vince Wilfork), then targeting a specific area with respected veteran tight end Alge Crumpler, who later became a team captain, and defensive lineman Gerard Warren.
"Big-splash signings create excitement, but the approach taken by the Patriots in 2010 seems smarter and more likely this year, especially when factoring in the team's current salary-cap status (about $7 million of space before signing rookies and restricted free agent BenJarvus Green-Ellis)."
When looking at the Patriots' roster, how would you approach the free-agent period when it comes to signing veteran players from other teams?
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