Breaking down 2012 Patriots free agency

Breaking down 2012 Patriots free agency
June 6, 2012, 4:15 pm
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Longing for an orderly list of NFL free agent dealings? Pro Football Weekly, in its all-knowingness, did the dang thing.

The list is long -- organized by position -- so let's boil it down to Patriots players.

QUARTERBACK
Brian Hoyer - Restricted Free Agent, New England - Re-signed to a one-year, 1.927 million contract on March 23.

RUNNING BACK
Joseph Addai -- Cut by Indianapolis March 9 - Signed with New England May 5 to a one-year, 1.069 million deal.
Kevin Faulk -- Unrestricted Free Agent, NE -- ?
BenJarvus Green-Ellis - Unrestricted Free Agent, NE -- Signed by Cincinnati on March 21 for three years, 9 million.

FULLBACK
Tony Fiammetta - UFA, Dallas -- Signed by NE March 26 for one year, 615,000.
Spencer Larsen - UFA, Denver -- Signed by NE to a two-year, 1.7 million deal on March 22.

WIDE RECEIVER
Deion Branch - UFA, NE - Re-signed March 22 for one year, 1.325 million.
Jabar Gaffney - Cut by Washington May 1 - Signed by NE May 2 for two years, 2.3 million.
Brandon Lloyd - UFA, St. Louis - Signed by NE March 17 for three years, 12 million.
Matthew Slater - UFA, NE - Re-signed March 14 for three years, 5.4 million.
Donte' Stallworth - UFA, Washington - Signed by NE March 19 for one year, 875,000.
Tiquan Underwood - Cut by NE May 3 - Signed by Tampa Bay May 7, two years.
Wes Welker - Franchise Free Agent, NE - Tagged May 15 for one year, 9.515 million. (Deadline for multi-year extension: July 16.)

TIGHT END
Daniel Fells - UFA, Denver - Signed by NE for three years, 5.25 million on March 19.
OFFENSIVE GUARD
Robert Gallery - Cut by Seattle - Signed by NE

CENTER
Dan Connolly - UFA, NE - Re-signed for three years, 9.7 million on March 15.
Dan Koppen - UFA, NE - Re-signed April 13 for two years, 3.05 million.
Jamey Richard - UFA, Indianapolis - Signed by NE May 25 to an undisclosed deal.

DEFENSIVE END
Mark Anderson - UFA, NE - Signed by Buffalo March 21 to a four-year, 19.5 million deal.
Andre Carter - UFA, NE - ?
Shaun Ellis - UFA, NE - ?
Jonathan Fanene - UFA, Cincinnati - Signed by NE March 14 to a three-year, 12 million
Trevor Scott - UFA, Oakland - Signed by NE March 17 for one year, 1.15 million.
Gerard Warren - UFA, NE - Re-signed April 31 for one year, 925,000.

LINEBACKER
Bobby Carpenter - UFA, Detroit - Signed by NE April 5 to a one-year, 775,000 deal.
Gary Guyton - UFA, NE - Signed by Miami to a one-year, 765,000 deal on April 13.
Niko Koutouvides - UFA, NE - Re-signed March 13 for one year, 825,000.
Tracy White - UFA, NE - Re-signed for one year, 990,000 on March 14.

DEFENSIVE BACK
Will Allen - UFA, Miami - Signed by NE March 21 for one year, 1 million.
Marquice Cole - RFA, not tendered by Jets - Signed by NE March 19 to a one-year, 650,000 deal.
Nate Jones - UFA, NE - ?
Steve Gregory - UFA, San Diego - Signed by NE March 15 to a three-year, 7.05 million contract.
James Ihedigbo - UFA, NE - ?
Antwaun Molden - UFA, NE - Signed by Giants to undisclosed deal.

The current 90-man roster could change dramatically between now and August 31's final cuts, but one thing is for sure: there's been an influx of possible impact UFAs brought in this offseason.

New England has largely backed off top-tier free agents since the 2007 Adalius Thomas signing -- five years, 35 million with 20M guaranteed -- fizzled out.

Things have changed over just one season.

Consider this: 2011's regular season roster had 30 Patriots draft picks and just 13 players acquired as UFA. There are now 34 picks and 24 veteran free agents (including only signed players, so no Carter, Ellis, etc.).

Who sticks and who goes? It will all shake out over the coming weeks. New England certainly has more talent to choose from.