While Tom Brady remains the focal point of the New England Patriots franchise, an argument can be made that New England also has two of the most important players in the league on their respective sides of the ball in 2014.
Rob Gronkowski not only has the weight of returning from a torn ACL to overcome this summer and fall, but the former All-Pro tight end is clearly the difference between the Patriots' undermanned offense being considered elite or simply run of the mill.
On the other side of the ball, first-year Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis is expected to transform a New England pass defense that's been, at best, a work in progress for years.
Gronkowski's value is obvious, both anecdotally and statistically. He is the lone Patriots pass-catcher with a proven history of playmaking, a guy that defenses must not only account for but try almost helplessly to stop on every snap.
A year ago after returning in Week 7 from a broken arm, subsequent infections and a back surgery - and before going down with a torn ACL on Dec. 8 against the Browns - Gronkowski caught 39 passes for 592 yards (15.2 average) with four touchdowns in just more than six games played.
In that stretch, the Patriots averaged 32.8 points per game and Brady had three of his four highest-rated games of the season.
In the 10 games Gronkowski missed to injury, New England averaged 25.7 points a game, slightly more than a touchdown less than when the star tight end was in the lineup.
According to NFL Network, the Patriots are planning on having Gronkowski on the field for their Week 1 game in Miami. It's a plan that's likely applauded loudly not only by Brady but also other complementary members of the passing attack like Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson and Shane Vereen, whose jobs become infinitely more doable with Gronkowski drawing the attention of the defense on every snap.
New England is hoping for similar transformational impact from Revis in his first year in the back end of the team's defense. Not only will he be expected to pick up where free-agent departure Aqib Talib left off as a man coverage corner capable of matching up with the opponents' top target each week, but he's expected to make those around him that much better.
The idea is that Revis' shutdown coverage will make someone like free safety Devin McCourty better, that much more capable of making plays himself and that it will give the pass rush more time to work, giving Chandler Jones a chance to make an even greater jump in production coming off his team-high 11.5 sacks as a sophomore last fall.
Revis is two years removed from a torn ACL. He played all 16 games for Tampa Bay last year, but should only be better this fall given the extra time to recover.
Revis recently told ESPN that his knee is totally healthy and he can do things now he couldn't last season even though played 16 games.
While Brady may not be the best quarterback in the game at this point - a topic of much internet-driven debate this spring - it's quite easy to make the argument that Gronkowski is the best tight end in football when healthy and Revis the top corner when on top of his game.
Those two players, as much as Brady or maybe even more so, could decide just how far the Patriots are built to go in 2014. For a team that's been to three straight AFC title games, but hasn't won a Super Bowl since 2004 the target is easy to figure out yet difficult to accomplish - February in Glendale, Ariz., for Super Bowl XLIX.
Rookies reported: July 21
Veterans report: July 23
First practice: July 24
Joint practices at Redskins camp: August 4-6
Joint practices with Eagles: August 12-13.
--Defensive tackle Dominique Easley, New England's first-round selection, became the final Patriots pick to sign his rookie deal in late June. Easley inked a four-year pact with a total reported maximum value of $7,303,500 with a $3,631,672 signing bonus. The first three years of salary are also guaranteed for the 29th overall pick.
--Wide receiver Julian Edelman made an appearance on NFL Network's "Total Access" and in the interview made it clear that he has faith that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shows no signs of slowing with age. Edelman was specifically asked if Brady, who'll turn 37 in training camp, might be able play well into his 40s, as the quarterback has proclaimed on many occasions.
"It wouldn't surprise me," Edelman said. "Knowing him the way I know him, I'm sure he's probably just focused on this year. The guy's in here, working hard, preparing to his fullest ability, takes care of his body. So you know he'll definitely have a shot to do it."
--Strong safety Duron Harmon clearly is penciled in as the starter in the middle of the defense next to Devin McCourty in the back end. The second-year third-round pick has spent a lot of time working with McCourty, Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner this spring during OTAs and minicamp. But, while the world is assuming Harmon has a starting job in his grasp, the young defensive back doesn't view himself as a starter.
"Nah, I wouldn't say that. There are no starters right now," Harmon said. "My mentality is just trying to get better each and every day and just try to put myself in position to make plays when I'm out there on the field."
He may not consider himself worthy of the label of starter just yet, but Harmon has spent the offseason working on his man coverage skills with an eye on making big strides in his second pro season.
"Your second year is your most important year. You want to make that jump," Harmon declared. Because you have all that learning experience and now you want to put those learning experiences into you knowing football and knowing different situations that make you a better football player."
--Team strength: Quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick.
While it may be overly simplistic and obvious, New England continues to be driven to success by its quarterback and coach. Those are the two most important aspects for an NFL team, and New England still ranks among the elite teams in the league despite the duo's 14-year run together.
There will be questions and fan hopes that New England can be a top-5 unit on both offense and defense, buoyed by Rob Gronkowski in the passing attack and Darrelle Revis on defense. But almost regardless of those details on both sides of the ball, Belichick and Brady have proven together they can lead the way to an AFC East title (five years in a row) or spot in the AFC title game (three years running). The foundation for where the Patriots will go this season remains with the man wearing No. 12 and the man in the gray hoodie directing it all.
--Breakout player: Outside linebacker Jamie Collins.
Collins came on strong late last season with a breakout performance in the playoffs against the Colts in which he had a sack, interception and showed impressive range in coverage. The second-year, second-round pick will move into the starting lineup this fall, bringing the athleticism and versatility to the outside linebacker spot to shine both in coverage and as a pass rusher. He has the potential to be an impact playmaker.
--Fantasy football reality check: Tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Some fantasy players may shy away from Gronkowski due to his recent run of health problems. But the Patriots clearly feel he will be on the field early in the season and he's proven to be essentially a touchdown-a-game guy in recent years when healthy. Passing over Gronkowski could end up being a major regret for owners as he's the focal piece of the Patriots' offense.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
The Patriots' depth chart at quarterback got an injection of interest with the selection of Garoppolo in the second round out of Eastern Illinois. Brady is obviously still the man in New England and the soon-to-be-38-year-old has said he'd like to play into his mid-40s. He earned a trip to the Pro Bowl last year despite a down year that saw his fewest touchdowns since 2006 and lowest completion percentage and rating since 2003 while working with a totally retooled receiving corps that lacked TE Rob Gronkowski for more than half the season. Brady claims his body feels as good as it did a decade ago and he was as healthy in 2013 as he's been in years, so the aging process hasn't exactly been an issue to this point heading into his 15th season. Still, Garoppolo instantly will compete with fourth-year backup Ryan Mallett for the No. 2 job. Mallett has attempted just four passes in his first three seasons in New England and been less than spectacular in his preseason chances. Entering the final year of his rookie contract, the tall former third-round pick with the big arm could be challenged by the more accurate, efficient Garoppolo as early as this summer. Whether Brady is showing signs of slowing down or not is debatable, but with Garoppolo's selection with the highest Patriots quarterback pick since Drew Bledsoe was No. 1 overall in 1993, New England is clearly planning for the future with a guy who some in the organization believe already has NFL starting-caliber ability.
RUNNING BACKS: Starter - Stevan Ridley. Backups - Shane Vereen, FB James Develin, James White, Brandon Bolden, Stephen Houston, Roy Finch, Jonas Gray.
Ridley is two proven things: a former 1,000-yarder rusher and a guy who faces ball-security issues at some point every season. Heading into the final year of his rookie contract in his fourth season, the former third-round pick is the clear lead dog after LeGarrette Blount left town via free agency. Ridley led New England by a single yard a year ago with a respectable 773 yards (4.3 average per attempt) and tied with Blount for the team high with seven touchdowns. Heading toward free agency the at times flamboyant runner must maximize his chances with the ball and limit his fumbles if he's to get the opportunity to put up big numbers and stay out of head coach Bill Belichick's doghouse. Vereen also enters his fourth season and the final year of his rookie deal. The former second-round pick has shown flashes of playmaking ability as the change-of-pace back in his career, but has spent too much time dealing with injuries to be a consistent force on the New England offense. He caught 47 passes with three scores and averaged 4.7 yards a carry in his eight games a year ago, but given the inconsistency of the rest of New England's offense, Vereen could be a force if he can stay healthy for a full season. After Ridley and Vereen, the only likely lock to make the roster heading toward camp is the fourth-round rookie White. The Wisconsin product answers for many of the questions of his teammates, proving to be a sure-handed, durable force at the college level. He clearly has the ability to catch the ball, something he showed throughout OTAs this spring. Beyond the likely top three, the rest of the traditional backfield committee that New England utilizes is unsettled. Develin is a versatile fullback and special teamer who actually saw significant reps in spring practice. That versatility makes him likely for a roster spot. Beyond that, Bolden enters his third season averaging an impressive 4.9 yards in his career over his 111 carries split almost evenly over his first two years. He's battled injuries, suspension and off-field issues at times which might cause his time to run out quicker than his potential might imply. Undrafted rookie Houston is a big (6-0, 225) back who could compete to fill the void left with Blount's departure. Houston had a solid career at Indiana as a productive rusher with a nose for the end zone and the ability to catch the ball. Finch is another tiny (5-foot-7, 167) undrafted player who'll need to make his mark as an athlete, returner and jack-of-all-trades with his quickness to overcome his size limitations. Gray is a first-year player with decent size, but limited expectations coming into his first camp in New England.
TIGHT ENDS: Starter - Rob Gronkowski. Backups - Michael Hoomanawanui, D.J. Williams, Justin Jones, Asa Watson.
The tight end spot is all about Gronkowski and his health. When on the field, Gronkowski has been the best in the game over the last three-plus seasons. He's coming off a torn ACL, but is reportedly on target to be ready for Week 1. His 39 catches, 15.1-yard average and four scores in just six games last season injected life into an othwerise inconsistent and limited New England offense. He'll be counted on to do that for a full 16 games in 2014 for the unit to overcome limitations elsewhere. There is limited potential and depth behind Gronkowski, as Hoomanawanui re-signed as the top backup after hauling in just 12 passes and one touchdown a year ago. Hoomanawanui proved last fall that when Gronkowski isn't on the field, he's simply not enough to make the tight end position a factor in the passing attack given his limited skills. Williams is a former practice squadder who missed time to injury this spring, potentially limiting his ability to take any opportunities that come up. Jones is an undrafted rookie and former basketball player with 6-foot-8 size, but missed his final year at East Carolina. He showed he is a very raw prospect this spring and a longshot to be much of an option in the near future, if at all. Watson is another rookie free agent who had virtually no production at North Carolina State. The brother of former Patriots first-round tight end Benjamin Watson is a longshot to be anything other than a camp body.
WIDE RECEIVERS: Starters - Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson. Backups - Brandon LaFell, Josh Boyce, Kenbrell Thompkins, Matthew Slater, Jeremy Gallon, Wilson Van Hooser. Derrick Johnson, Tyler McDonald.
Edelman re-signed to return as the No. 1 target for his good friend Brady after notching career bests with 105 catches, 1,056 yards and six touchdowns last season. It was the first year he was able to stay healthy in his first five seasons, and also his first chance at regular playing time with the departure of Wes Welker. He took full advantage and if he can stay healthy again is going to catch a lot of balls, even though his ability to carry the offense and make plays down the stretch were an issue last season. While Edelman took advantage of his chances in 2013, Amendola suffered a torn groin in Week 1 and never got on track in his first season after signing a $30 million deal in New England. Despite a career-high 11.7-yard average on his 54 receptions, Amendola was never a consistent playmaker nor a favored target of Brady in 2013. Given his contract, he'll be expected to do more in his second season or his time with the Patriots might not last much longer than that. Dobson had 37 catches for 519 yards and four scores as a rookie second-round pick. He missed the bulk of the offseason after foot surgery, but will certainly be expected to compete for the starting job on the outside and make big strides in his second season. He's likely the team's most talented outside receiver with the potential to make some plays down the field. LaFell was brought aboard through free agency and could compete for a role as a bigger possession receiver and maybe even extra tight end. LaFell had career highs with 49 catches and five touchdowns with the Panthers last fall, but also brings a reputation for too many dropped passes as he tries to build a rapport with Brady, something that got off to a slow start as the veteran missed a big chunk of spring practice to an unknown injury. Thompkins caught 32 passes with four touchdowns as an undrafted rookie last fall and at times almost seemed like one of Brady's top targets. But he battled injury and inconsistency as the year wore on. He had an up-and-down spring and his spot with the team could depend on the health of Dobson and LaFell. Boyce is an intriguing second-year former fourth-round pick with plenty of speed. He never got things going as a rookie after missing time to injury last summer. He only caught nine passes a year ago, but also has the ability to be a kick returner, something the Patriots have lacked save for a couple late-season bursts by Blount. Gallon was a receptions machine at Michigan, but the undersized slot receiver may have a tough time finding a job at that crowded spot as a seventh-round pick with limited speed. Slater is New England's special teams captain and occasional deep threat, but really is a receiver on the roster only and not in terms of planning at the position.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: Starters - LT Nate Solder, LG Logan Mankins, C Ryan Wendell, RG Dan Connolly, RT Sebastian Vollmer. Backups - T Marcus Cannon, T Cameron Fleming, OL Josh Kline, C Bryan Stork, G Jon Halapio, C/G Braxton Cave, C/G Chris Barker, T Jordan Devey, OL Chris Martin.
New England returns all five starters from a year ago, but that doesn't mean those five are ensured of keeping their jobs. Solder is developing into a Pro-Bowl caliber left tackle, while Vollmer is at that level on the right side when healthy. Vollmer is coming off a broken leg, but is expected to be ready for opening day. Mankins hasn't been as dominant in recent years, but remains a top guard and the tone setter for the line as a unit. The intrigue comes at center and right guard. Wendell is an undersized center who's seen a lot of action the last two seasons and has been exposed at times. He re-signed to a low-money deal and will certainly be challenged by the fourth-round pick Stork for the job. Wendell doesn't have much position flexibility as a backup, so if he doesn't win the starting job he could be looking for a new one elsewhere. Connolly is more versatile than Wendell and could return to center if he happens to lose out at right guard. Connolly has a cap number of more than $4 million that's too high for a man of his limited, try-hard talents. Cannon has proven to be a solid backup at tackle and there is still some who believe he might be an option at guard as well. Fleming is a big, smart fourth-round pick who is seen as a pure right tackle, competing for a backup job out of the gates. Kline earned time as a fill-in a year ago and is a favorite developmental guy of the coaching staff. He's practiced at all five line spots over the last year and that versatility is a prize in head coach Bill Belichick's "the more you can do" world. Halapio battled a torn muscle over his final season at Florida, but the sixth-round pick was thrown right into the deep interior line mix in spring practices and appears he'll have a shot at competing for a roster spot if not a job. Cave spent time on the Patriots practice squad a year ago, but seems to be down the list of inside options at this point, as is the case with Barker. Devey and the late signing Martin are developmental types who'll need to impress to stick around in the line program now being run by first-year assistant coach Dave DeGuglielmo.
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: Starters -- LDE Rob Ninkovich, DT Vince Wilfork, DT Tommy Kelly, RDE Chandler Jones. Backups -- E Will Smith, T Dominique Easley, E Michael Buchanan, T Chris Jones, T Sealver Siliga, Zach Moore, T Joe Vellano, Marcus Forston, E Jake Bequette, T L.T. Tuipulotu, T Eathyn Manumaleuna.
If not for injury concerns, the Patriots might have one of the deepest defensive lines, certainly deepest group of defensive tackles, in the league. But it's hard to overlook aging guys coming off major injuries. That begins with Wilfork, as the Pro Bowler tries to bounce back from a torn Achilles that cost him all but four games a year ago. He's been a full participant in spring practice and deems himself healthy, but it still bears watching for the 325-pound plus, 32-year-old centerpiece of the front. If Wilfork can return to form, and there were questions about his level of play before the injury early last year, it would solidify the middle of the front. Kelly is coming off a torn ACL that cost him the bulk of his first year in New England. The veteran showed promise as an interior pass rusher last summer and probably will be in more of a rotational role than he would have filled if healthy a year ago.
New England tapped Easley with its top pick, himself coming off a torn ACL that cost him the bulk of his final season at Florida. Many believe that without the injury Easley could have been a top-15 pick. He brings a penetrating, disruptive, athletic style when he's healthy, a unique skill that New England has lacked up front for years. Easley might not be ready to open the season, but at some point should at least add a rotational jolt to the front.
Armstead is maybe the biggest health wild card on the front. The former USC star has a history of heart problems that cost him his final season with the Trojans, kept him undrafted despite previous predictions of him being a first-round prospect and pushed him to play in Canada for a year. He signed as a free agent last spring in New England, but missed the entire season after surgery to deal with an unspecified infection. He has not practiced this spring and questions are beginning to surface as to whether he'll ever get a chance to play a single down for the Patriots.
With Wilfork, Kelly and Armstead sidelined last fall, the Patriots had to scramble to fill the void in the middle of the line. Chris Jones stepped up as a waiver-wire pickup and showed the ability to get after the passer a little bit from the inside with his six sacks to go along with 56 tackles.
Vellano was a capable contributor at times as an undrafted player, while Siliga came on late in the year after a practice-squad call-up to help solidify a run defense that struggled mightily after Wilfork initially went down. It's unlikely all three will be on the roster again, so they could be competing for the youthful depth at the position.
Forston has been a practice-squad player in the past, but has limited value and could be at the end of the line. Epenesa and Tuipulotu are undrafted depth players whose best shot might be for the practice squad after they serve their purpose in training camp and preseason action.
The depth chart at end isn't nearly as stocked as tackle, but is a much healthier group. Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich both started 16 games last fall and played nearly all the snaps for the unit. Jones' second season saw him lead the team with 11.5 sacks, although he wasn't quite as consistently disruptive off the edge overall as might be preferred out of the former first-round pick. Ninkovich notched eight sacks for the second straight season, serving as a productive if not flashy force on left end. He also tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles and led the squad with two fumble recoveries.
Ideally the end spot will see a bit more rotation this fall. That could be led by the veteran free-agent addition Smith. He missed all of last season because of a torn ACL in New Orleans, but has practiced this spring. Before that, the 11th-year veteran had played all 16 games in six of the previous nine seasons and never missed more than two games in any campaign. He has 67.5 career sacks, including a career-high 13 in 2009, and certainly could be an upgrade over the little that Andre Carter brought to the depth chart a year ago.
Bequette is a former third-round pick who has been basically a healthy scratch for two seasons and probably will come to the end of the line this summer. Buchanan was a nice contributor as a late-round pick a year ago and there is hope he'll improve enough to expand that role in his second year. He could be challenged, though, by the Division II sixth-round pick Moore. He's a raw player with nice measurables, but will have a lot to prove in training camp.
LINEBACKERS: Starters -- WLB Jamie Collins, MLB Jerod Mayo, SLB Dont'a Hightower. Backups -- OLB James Anderson, MLB Steve Beauharnais, MLB Josh Hull, MLB Chris White, OLB Cameron Gordon, LB Darius Fleming, LB Ja'Gared Davis, LB Taylor McCuller, LB Deontae Skinner.
As far as starting lineups go, New England's linebackers could be a pretty impressive, athletic, versatile group. Mayo is returning from a torn pectoral and probably will return to the middle after the departure of Brandon Spikes through free agency. Mayo is a 100-tackle machine and the leader of the front, even if he doesn't make quite as many impact plays as might be ideal. Hightower has spent time at both outside and inside linebacker in his first two seasons. A year ago he took over the leadership role and play-calling with Mayo injured, leading the team with 137 tackles. He was drafted with an eye on playing outside and will return to that spot in 2014, where he has the potential to make an impact both in coverage and as a rusher, something he says he wants to do more often in his third season.
Collins is one of the more interesting players on the defense, maybe the entire team. The second-year second-round pick had a breakout game last postseason in a win over Andrew Luck and the Colts when he notched a sack, interception and covered Coby Fleener all over the field. Now a full-time starter, Collins is a unique combination of length and athleticism that will make him a versatile cog at head coach Bill Belichick's weekly disposal. But that's a lot to expect for a guy from Southern Mississippi who had only 38 tackles and three passes defensed in starting eight of the 16 games he played last fall.
Linebacker depth is limited, but was improved by the signing of the veteran Anderson early in June. The former Panther and Bear made 100 tackles in Chicago a year ago and will certainly present possibilities as a speed-based coverage linebacker. Beauharnais played in just two games as a seventh-round rookie a year ago, but was on the active roster all season. The Rutgers product will have a chance to earn a backup and special teams role, but is still an unknown.
White was a core special teams contributor in 2013 with nine special teams tackles. Hull was brought aboard with a similar background and could battle for that role as a special teamer and backup. Davis played in one game a year ago spending the rest of the time on the practice squad.
Fleming has been injured for the beginning of his career with two torn ACLs with the Dolphins. Gordon is the most intriguing of the group of undrafted rookies that also includes McCuller and Skinner, and the Michigan prospect has the length that could make him a reserve option on the outside of a thin group.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: Starters -- LCB Darrelle Revis, FS Devin McCourty, SS Duron Harmon, RCB Brandon Browner. Backups -- CB Kyle Arrington, CB Alfonzo Dennard, CB Logan Ryan, SS Patrick Chung, DB Jemea Thomas, SS Nate Ebner, S Tavon Wilson, CB Justin Green, S Kanorris Davis, CB Daxton Swanson, S Shamiel Gary, DB Travis Hawkins, CB Malcolm Butler.
New England's secondary has obviously been the talk of the offseason, with the Patriots swapping out Aqib Talib for Revis. That's obviously an upgrade and with Revis a year removed from a torn ACL, he's expecting more out of himself than he put forth in 16 games played last fall in Tampa Bay. Revis will take over the man-coverage, matchup role that Talib found success in when healthy.
Browner, who will serve a four-game suspension to open the year, will also add to New England's preferred man-coverage packages. The big corner didn't do much moving around in Seattle, so that will be a concern, but he offers size that head coach Bill Belichick hasn't had in the past. McCourty is a Pro-Bowl caliber free safety and leader in the back end who should be opened up to more playmaking options with Revis upgrading the coverage on the outside.
Harmon is penciled in as the starter at the other safety spot, but is by no means a sure thing. The second-year former third-round pick was a backup to Steve Gregory a year ago and drew praise from the coaches for his communication skills. He's talked about improving his man coverage this summer, but still doesn't fill the role of a true, tone-setting strong safety.
While Browner is the presumed starter opposite Revis when he's eligible to play, returning starter Dennard and budding second-year player Ryan might have something to say about that. Dennard has been serviceable as a No. 2 corner in each of his first two seasons, but coming off shoulder surgery hasn't practiced yet this spring. Arrington is a well-paid slot corner that the coaching staff trusts even if he's prone to a few ugly coverage hiccups over the course of the season. The veteran is certainly better on the inside than when forced outside, but still isn't without his warts.
Chung returns to the team that drafted him after a couple years in Philadelphia, but now is considered more of a special teamer and backup than the starter he was as a second-round pick in his first tour with the team. Ebner is technically another backup safety, but the former Ohio State rugby player is really just a core special teamer, a role in which he had 11 special teams tackles last fall. Wilson is a third-year second-round pick who has never been able to crack a role on defense and could be on borrowed roster time despite decent special teams contributions. Thomas was brought in as a versatile sixth-round pick who did just about everything in the secondary during his time at Georgia Tech. That versatility will certainly endear him to Belichick and the coaching staff.
SPECIAL TEAMS: K Stephen Gostkowski, P Ryan Allen, LS Danny Aiken, LS Tyler Ott.
The Patriots return the core of specialists from last fall, with only the at times inconsistent long snapper Aiken facing competition for his job from the undrafted Harvard rookie Ott. Gostkowski is one of the best kickers in the game with a strong leg that aids him not only on field goals in the at times tough Gillette Stadium win, but also on kickoffs where he ranked second in the NFL with 65 touchbacks in 2013. He's heading into the final year of his contract so the long-term is in question, but for now Gostkowski is the guy in New England. Allen was in the middle of the pack of punters last fall with a 45.9 average and 39.9 net. Still, it seems that special teams coach Scott O'Brien will have at least two of his three guys back for 2014, if not all three.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)
--DE Andre Carter (not tendered as UFA).
--WR Austin Collie (not tendered as UFA).
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.
DRAFT CHOICES SIGNED
--DT Dominique Easley (1/29): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--QB Jimmy Garoppolo (2/62): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--C Bryan Stork (4/105): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--RB James White (4/130): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--T Cameron Fleming (4/140): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--G Jon Halapio (6/179): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--DE Zach Moore (6/198): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--CB Jemea Thomas (6/206): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--WR Jeremy Gallon (7/244): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--LS Danny Aiken: Potential RFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--WR Julian Edelman: UFA; $17M/4 yrs, $8M guaranteed.
--TE Michael Hoomanawanui: Potential UFA; 2 yr, terms unknown.
--C Ryan Wendell: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
--LB James Anderson: Not tendered as UFA by Bears; terms unknown.
--CB Brandon Browner: UFA Seahawks; $15.15M/3 yrs, $1M guaranteed.
--TE Nate Byham: Not tendered as UFA by Buccaneers; terms unknown.
--S Patrick Chung: FA Eagles; terms unknown.
--LB Josh Hull: FA Redskins; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--WR Brandon LaFell: UFA Panthers; 3 yrs, terms unknown.
--CB Darrelle Revis: FA Buccaneers; $32M/2 yrs, $10M SB/$12M RB 2015.
--DE Will Smith: FA Saints; terms unknown.
--RB LeGarrette Blount: UFA Steelers; $3.85M/2 yrs, $950,000 SB.
--LB Dane Fletcher: UFA Buccaneers; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--S Steve Gregory (released).
--TE Matthew Mulligan: UFA Bears; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--NT Isaac Sopoaga (released).
--LB Brandon Spikes: UFA Bills; $3M/1 yr, $900,000 SB.
--T Will Svitek: Not tendered as UFA/Bengals; terms unknown.
--CB Aqib Talib: UFA Broncos; $57M/6 yrs, $5M SB/$26M guaranteed.
--S Adrian Wilson (released).
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