Sebastian Vollmer, RT
2012 statistics: Started 15 games
Bio: Vollmer joins Talib and Wes Welker as the team’s most important free agents. There’s a chance the Patriots put the franchise tag on Vollmer, who could be paid as a left tackle if he hits the open market. Pass protection is one of New England’s strengths, and Vollmer overcame injury issues this season to put together a very solid campaign.