(Sixth in a series on free agency, the Patriots’ needs, and who might be available on the open market)
MARKET ASSESSMENT: Seldom a major market in free agency, as there are only 32 starting jobs in the NFL.
PATS POSITION: With Josh Miller due a roster bonus in March, there is some question as to whether the Patriots will pay it, and that could open a spot on the roster. Miller went on injured reserve with a shoulder injury Nov. 24. He was replaced by Ken Walter for four games, and then Walter went on injured reserve with a knee injury. The Patriots finished up with Todd Sauerbrun.
A look at some of the players who are scheduled for unrestricted free agency:
EXTRA POINTS: The Patriots also have former practice squad punters Danny Baugher and Tom Malone signed for 2007, and both will punt in NFL Europa. Andy Lee (49ers), Derrick Frost (Redskins), Donnie Jones (Dolphins), Kyle Larson (Bengals) and Mat McBriar (Cowboys) are restricted free agents.