Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/11/13
The Patriots have officially turned the page on the 2012 season, and now it’s time to look toward the future. But that future begins now. NFL free agency won’t begin for another month (March 12), but that doesn’t mean Bill Belichick isn’t already entrenched into his studies to reload for his next Super Bowl run. The Patriots finished as one of the final four in 2012, a few mistakes and unfortunate injuries away from their own trip to New Orleans. There were a number of deficiencies that kept them from returning to the big game this year, including a battered defensive line, an inconsistent secondary and a season-ending injury to Rob Gronkowski in the divisional playoffs. The Patriots have a lot of areas to address this offseason. Keeping Gronk healthy throughout an entire season is obviously a major factor, as will be finding help in the secondary. Aqib Talib is not a definite to return, so the Patriots may need to dig deep into their wallets to pay some worthy defenders. The same could be said for the receiving corps, as both Wes Welker and Julian Edelman are currently headed for free agency and Brandon Lloyd remains the only viable receiver left on the roster. There is no doubt that the Patriots will be back in Super Bowl contention again next season — in fact they’ve already been listed among the favorites for Super Bowl XLVIII – but improvement have to be made and money will need to be spent. So, with all that in mind, let’s dive into the Patriots’ postseason plans and see if we can prioritize just what they need to do this offseason to ensure a visit to the Meadowlands next February. Click here to see the Pats’ top 10 priorities this offseason >> Have a question for Luke Hughes? Send it to him via Twitter at @LukeFHughes or send it here.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Giants owner at Brady hearing, reportedly at judge's request

Indians owner attempting to sell minority stakes to raise cash

Kirk Cousins reportedly named Week 1 starter by Redskins

Raiders lose starting lineman to ruptured Achilles tendon

NFL should keep its hands off wide receivers’ gloves

Report: Redskins owner not blocking RG3 trade

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

10 takeaways from Week 3 of the NFL preseason

Cubs ace Jake Arrieta no-hits the Dodgers

Chicago Bears release two-time Pro Bowl CB Tim Jennings

Indians president Mark Shapiro jumps to same role in Toronto

Tom Coughlin: Victor Cruz not expected to practice this week

D'Angelo Russell: 'There's a lot of spoiled Lakers fans'

John Kruk: Take Curt Schilling with 'a grain of salt'

Will Smith's "Concussion" trailer must be terrifying for the NFL

Aikman: Redskins are more dysfunctional than Kardashians

Luck for Luck? QBs who won Super Bowl in fourth season

Harmon treats media to beers, whiskey after two holes-in-one

Five big storylines for the 2015-16 NBA season

Most crucial player for each remaining playoff contender

Five NFL teams that should trade for Robert Griffin III

U.S. Open women's preview: Can anyone stop Serena?

Buffalo Bills need to start Tyrod Taylor at quarterback

WATCH: Broncos defender drops Reggie Bush, skirmish ensues

U.S. Open men's preview: Will there be a surprise champion?

Big Papi crushes Syndergaard pitch for 494th homer

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five NFL teams that should trade for Robert Griffin III

10 takeaways from Week 3 of the NFL preseason

Cubs' Jake Arrieta no-hits the Dodgers

Chicago Bears release Tim Jennings

U.S. Open men's preview

U.S. Open women's preview

D'Angelo Russell zings Lakers fans

Every NBA division's most interesting rookie for 2015-16

Fantasy football round-by-round draft strategy

Ronda Rousey's Carl’s Jr. ad

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker