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NFL Free Agency 2012: Patriots Looking For Fix As Free Agency Begins

Plenty of questions face Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots as free agency officially begins on Tuesday. The Patriots have 18 free agents of their own to make decisions on, including BenJarvus Green Ellis and Andre Carter.

Plenty of questions surround Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots as free agency begins league wide on Tuesday. Of course, the Patriots are not in need of a drastic overhaul: they are the defending AFC Champions, after all.

Still, there are plenty of areas that the Pats need to address in the open market. New England has a number of their own free agents that they will need to make decisions on, consisting of two runnings backs (BenJarvus Green Ellis, Kevin Faulk), two wide receivers (Deion Branch, Matthew Slater), three offensive linemen (Dan Connolly, Rich Ohrnberger, Ryan Wendell), five defensive linemen (Mark Anderson, Andre Carter, Shaun Ellis, Eric Moore, Gerard Warren), two linebackers (Gary Guyton, Tracy White) and four defensive backs (Antwaun Molden, James Ihedigbo, Nathan Jones, Bret Lockett).

New England has already addressed its biggest free agent, Wes Welker, by placing the franchise tag on the Pro Bowl receiver. Welker, who had an infamous drop on an imperfect throw from Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants, which the Patriots lost, 21-17.

Around the league, there is certainly plenty to watch for in free agency. Peyton Manning, arguably the most talented free agent in NFL history, is still searching for a home. Also, old friend Randy Moss has agreed to sign with the San Francisco 49ers after retiring last season following his stint with the Patriots, Vikings and Titans two seasons ago.

Get ready, football fans, because we're just getting started. Enjoy free agency.

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