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FRANCHISE PLAYER
WR Wes Welker (tendered at $9.515 million).

TRANSITION PLAYER
None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--DE Andre Carter suffered a season-ending injury toward the end of the year, but had a breakthrough season prior to that, which should earn him a sizeable pay day this offseason. The two sides have already discussed an extension.

--DE Shaun Ellis did not fit in defensively throughout most of the year, and his playing time suffered because of it. Highly unlikely he re-signs with New England.

--RB Kevin Faulk had a hard time handling the workload this year after returning from the physically unable to perform list and was ultimately phased out of the offense to the point where he was inactive for the Super Bowl. He's expected to retire, but no announcement has been made yet.

--S James Ihedigbo filled in nicely with all the injuries the Patriots suffered in the secondary, but he has limited ability and won't be back unless it's for cheap money.

--CB Nathan Jones was a late-season fill-in for Phillip Adams and probably won't be back unless no one else signs him this winter and he's invited to camp in the summertime.

--DL Gerard Warren wasn't as productive this year, but he provides a veteran presence. If he doesn't retire, he could return for cheap money.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)

--S Bret Lockett (not tendered as RFA) is a physical specimen, but he can't stay healthy. He'll probably be at camp this summer, but it's a long shot he makes the final cut unless he's 100-percent healthy.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

--DL Kyle Love should be back next year since he is an exclusive rights free agent, and it would only cost $540,000 to keep him at the minimum salary for third-year players.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--WR Deion Branch: UFA; $1.325M/1 yr, $250,000 SB.

--OG Dan Connolly: UFA; $9.75M/3 yrs, $3.25M SB.

--QB Brian Hoyer: RFA; tendered at $1.927M with second-round pick as compensation); $1.972M/1 yr.

--C Dan Koppen: UFA; $6M/2 yrs, terms unknown.

--LB Niko Koutouvides: Potential UFA; $825,000 1 yr.

--WR Matthew Slater: UFA; $5.4M/3 yrs, $2M SB.

--LB Tracy White: UFA; $990,000/1 yr, $300,000 guaranteed.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--CB Will Allen: UFA Dolphins; $1.025M/1 yr, $25,000 SB.

--LB Bobby Carpenter: UFA Lions; $775,000/1 yr, $50,000 SB.

--CB Marquice Cole: Not tendered as RFA by Jets; $640,000/1 yr, $25,000 SB.

--DE Jonathan Fanene: UFA Bengals; $12M/3 yrs, $3.85M guaranteed.

--TE Daniel Fells: UFA Broncos; $5.25M/3 yrs, $2M guaranteed.

--FB Tony Fiammetta: Not tendered as RFA by Cowboys; $615,000/1 yr.

--OG Robert Gallery: FA Seahawks; $1.8M/1 yr, $400,000 SB.

--WR Anthony Gonzalez: UFA Colts; $700,000/1 yr.

--SS Steve Gregory: UFA Chargers; $8.5M/3 yrs, $3.35M guaranteed.

--DT Marcus Harrison: FA; terms unknown.

--FB Spencer Larsen: UFA Broncos; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

--WR Brandon Lloyd: UFA Rams; $12M/3 yrs, $3M SB.

--DL Trevor Scott: UFA Raiders; $1.150M/1 yr, $250,000 SB.

--WR Donte Stallworth: UFA Redskins; $925,000/1 yr, $25,000 SB.

PLAYERS LOST

--DE Mark Anderson: UFA Bills; $19.5M/4 yrs, $8M guaranteed.

--RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis: UFA Bengals; $9M/3 yrs.

--LB Gary Guyton: UFA Dolphins; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--OT Matt Light (retired).

--CB Antwaun Molden: UFA Giants; $700,000/1 yr.

--OG Rich Ohrnberger (released/failed physical).

--FB Lousaka Polite (released).

--DE Mike Wright (released/failed physical).

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