Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/18/14
The 2011 AFC Champion New England Patriots have not made a huge splash in early free agency nor should they with a team that has won 27 regular season games over the past 2 seasons.  But the front office led by Head Coach Bill Belichick and Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio have filled some major needs, adding weapons on both sides of the ball. The class highlight has to be wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who put up career numbers in the Josh McDaniels (Denver in 2010, St. Louis in 2011) offensive system and signed a very affordable deal at 3 yrs/12 million. When you see some of the other deals lesser wide outs are signing throughout the league, that contract might be the most team friendly in the entire NFL. Clearly Lloyd knew where he wanted to play and did not chase money. All together, New England has resigned 5 internal free agents and 10 street FAs. Lets look at the rest of the Pats early signees.   OFFENSE Clearly the team saw the lack of depth behind star wide rec...
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