Originally written on Heff's Sports Blog  |  Last updated 11/16/14

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 30: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots warms ups against the New Orleans Saints at Louisana Superdome on November 30, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Much has been made of the fact that Tom Brady, arguably the greatest quarterback of this generation, took a pay cut that will save the New England Patriots about $15 million in the next two seasons. This money, presumably, is intended to be used to surround Brady with enough talent to allow the 35-year old to keep the team at a Super Bowl level. Now that the money is free, what is the next step? For the first time in seven years, the Patriots declined to use their franchise tag on any of their star free agents. That means that there is no guarantee that Wes Welker, Sebastian Vollmer and Aqib Talib will be back since they will hit the open market. The Patriots are looking to use the money they now have to entice them back though. Vollmer perhaps is the most important piece to bring back, simply because he excels at protecting Brady in the pocket. The Patriots did just invest a lot of money into their quarterback, so it makes sense to do whatever possible to keep him in New Engl...
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