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What's left to take care of

Posted by Albert Breer  March 6, 2010 09:57 AM

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The Patriots wrapped up a contract with G Stephen Neal late last night, according to the team's official Web site, securing a third major in-house priorities on the first day of free agency.

So with Vince Wilfork, Tully Banta-Cain and Neal taken care of, what's left? Here's what:

CB Leigh Bodden: Expect things to heat up on this corner quickly, with Bodden set to take visits and explore his options. Now that Dunta Robinson's deal (with $27 million guaranteed) is done in Atlanta, the market for corners has been set. Seattle and Pittsburgh are potential suitors for the 28-year-old.

RB Kevin Faulk: The sides are talking and it's pretty tough to see where this veteran -- who has been with the Patriots for longer than just about everyone except the Krafts and Dante Scarnecchia -- won't get something done with the team. But crazier things have happened. Remember the shock of Adam Vinatieri's departure?

DE Jarvis Green: The veteran has garnered early interest, and talks with the Patriots have continued. Baltimore's Justin Bannan came off the market last night, going to Denver, and his Raven teammate Dwan Edwards is in Seattle today, so the market for 3-4 ends is just heating up.

OLB Derrick Burgess: Things seem to be quiet, for now, around this ex-Eagle and Raider, though Philly could step in if Aaron Kampman turns them down. If his pricetag is reasonable, don't rule out a return for Burgess.

TE Benjamin Watson: A pretty fair bet to leave, Watson is visiting Seattle and seems motivated to get a fresh start elsewhere.

P Chris Hanson: Same as Burgess, in a way. It's quiet, and if he comes cheap, he certainly could return.
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