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NFL free agency kicking off at 4 p.m.

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  March 11, 2014 09:39 AM

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The NFL free agency period officially opens at 4 p.m. today, but the rumor mill is already running on all cylinders.

NFL teams have been able to begin negotiations with players from other teams since Sunday, while other teams have assessed their own salary cap space and have made cost-cutting decisions in order to make a play in the market. The New York Jets, for instance, have already cut wide receiver Santonio Holmes ($8.25 million cap savings) and cornerback Antonio Cromartie ($9.5 million cap savings), while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to trade or possibly cut Darrelle Revis ($16 million cap savings).

For the Patriots, talks of negotiations with free agents Julian Edelman and Aqib Talib continue to permeate the blogosphere.

But at the end of the day, it's all really about the money. There's a ton of talent in the free agency pool that wants to get paid. And with only four players tagged as franchise players, you can be certain that the argument being made by each player's agent is that they deserve a top deal for their position.

The NFL actually tweeted a very compelling reason for the mad, money scramble that's going to occur today.

With all that money out there in Oakland, Jacksonville, and Cleveland, you gotta figure some of these teams will get better in 2014 with the talented players on the market now.

See a list of the Patriots possible free agent targets here.

Zuri Berry can be reached at zberry@boston.com. Follow him on Twitter @zuriberry and on Google+.

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