Every Tuesday on ESPNBoston.com, questions from Patriots followers are answered as part of a weekly mailbag. This week's mailbag has been posted and includes some of the following topics:
1. With the Patriots passing on the franchise tag, what next?
2. Wes Welker and how Tom Brady's contract extension might affect his status.
3. Receiver Brandon Lloyd and the future outlook of the team's personnel at the receiver spot.
4. Cornerback Aqib Talib as he approaches free agency.
5. Backup quarterback Ryan Mallett and his potential trade value.
6. Dan Connolly vs. Donald Thomas at guard.