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DENVER - JANUARY 03: Brandon Lloyd #84 of the Denver Broncos heads for the sidelines against the Kansas City Chiefs during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on January 3, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 44-24. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Whether it was planned or not, the Patriots got off to a slow start to free agency Tuesday, when desperate teams like the Redskins, Bills, Buccaneers and Rams doled out stole the headlines with high-profile courtships and over-the-top contracts. The thing is, this is how Patriots head coach Bill Belichick typically handles his business. The broad, cautious approach has always worked well for Belichick, who thrives once the market settles and the free agents' true value comes to the fore. It's never the sexiest approach, but as the NFL has seen time and again, that first wave of contracts typically...
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