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January 23, 2007
With the Patriots turning their attention to the offseason, here is a snapshot look at the 14 players scheduled for unrestricted free agency:
Tully Banta-Cain -- Outside linebacker has appeared in 55 career games with five starts. Entering his fifth season in 2007. Was bumped out of starting lineup in AFC Championship game.
Troy Brown -- Wide receiver, who turns 36 in July, just conluded his 14th season. His 43 catches were his most since making 97 catches in 2002.
Don Davis -- Veteran linebacker and core special teams contributor wants to see how his knee responds to surgery before deciding on whether to return.
Heath Evans -- Fullback became a vital contributor on offense and special teams. He expressed his desire to return, saying: "Fit-wise, it couldnít be more perfect. I could care less about money. Iím a loyalist. They were good to me at a time the game of football wasnít."
Barry Gardner -- Veteran linebacker broke his leg in the team's final preseason game and missed the year on injured reserve.
Daniel Graham -- Tight end just finished his fifth season and is a vital cog in the offense. Considered one of the NFL's most devastating blockers at the position.
Larry Izzo -- Special teams captain ended the 2006 season with a burst, showing he still has explosion after 11 NFL seasons in which he's missed just one game.
Ray Mickens -- Nickel cornerback, who just finished his 11th season, was signed as a free agent on Dec. 4.
Patrick Pass -- Seventh-year running back played in only three games this season due to injury.
Asante Samuel -- Cornerback is coming off his best season and is scheduled to hit free agency at a prime time. He's just 26 years old and entering his fifth season.
Todd Sauerbrun -- Punter was without a team until the Patriots signed him Dec. 22, and his strong performance ensures he'll have a job somewhere in 2007.
Junior Seau -- Veteran linebacker, who just turned 38, has stated he'd like to play in 2007. He played in 11 games this season before breaking his right arm.
Vinny Testaverde -- Veteran quarterback, who was signed Nov. 14, just concluded his 20th season.
Ken Walter -- Punter, who played in four games for the team, was out of football in 2005. His return in 2006 could put himself in position to vie for a job somewhere in 2007.
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