Beyond the Big 3: Trevor Scott

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.