Much of the attention around pending Patriots free agents has been paid to Wes Welker, Aqib Talib and Sebastian Vollmer, three of the team's critical starters. But the Patriots have a number of other free agents who could hit the open market later today, and we'll use this space to review them and recap their 2012 season.
Player: Trevor Scott
Position: Defensive end
Key 2012 stats: 14 games played, 2 starts, 14 tackles, 3 sacks
Playing time (defense): 252 of 1,112 (22.7 percent; fourth among Patriots defensive ends)
2012 season recap: Scott was signed on a low-risk, one-year deal last offseason and proved to be a worthy pickup. He was a part of the Patriots' defensive end rotation and a key special teams contributor. His spot start in Week 13 against Miami resulted in two critical sacks, and he showed again that he has natural pass-rush skills. The team ultimately relied more heavily on rookie Justin Francis down the stretch, though Scott did play 17 of 72 defensive snaps in the AFC Championship game.
Outlook: Scott probably did enough in limited defensive opportunities to spark the interest of teams elsewhere around the league. While he probably won't be viewed as a starting option on another team, he is capable of playing more snaps in a 4-3 scheme than he did for the Patriots last season.
Projection: Not re-signed; lands a two-year, $2.25 million deal elsewhere. The feeling here is that while the Patriots might be interested in bringing Scott back for another season, they'll likely scour the defensive-end free-agent market for a higher-impact pass rusher. Ultimately, Scott will wind up with more security on a two-year deal elsewhere.