Ten players the Patriots should target in free agency

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10. Defensive lineman Justin Tuck

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With NFL free agency on the horizon, we asked Field Yates to identify 10 players -- including their own -- the Patriots should realistically target in free agency. First up is defensive lineman Justin Tuck. Tuck probably has the most versatility of all of the defensive lineman on this list. He has played on the edge in four-man fronts, but also has served as a defensive tackle during his tenure with the Giants. He's a gifted pass-rusher who can find space from whatever angle he rushes from, and he finished 2013 in style with 8.5 sacks in the final five games. He's probably going to seek a multiyear contract worth good money, which is why he ranks so low on this list. The Patriots' need to add a rusher can be accomplished with an upside draft pick or a cheaper veteran, outlined later on this list. But as it relates to a swing-for-the-fences scenario, Tuck could bring significant value to the Patriots' defense. -- Field Yates