Top 5 contractual priorities for Pats

Randy Moss Parts Ways With Agent

Mike Reiss on what Randy Moss' lack of an agent means for his future in New England

Randy Moss's decision to part ways with longtime agent Tim DiPiero probably doesn't mean much in the short-term when it comes to Moss's future in New England. Moss enters the final year of his contract, is scheduled to earn a base salary of $6.4 million, and it seemed unlikely that the deal would be extended before the end of the season.

With this in mind, and with this roster-by-contract-length blog entry as a guide, here is one opinion on the top 5 contractual priorities for the Patriots at this time (not including 2010 draft picks):

1. Tom Brady -- Quarterback enters the final year of his contract for the first time of his NFL career.

2. Logan Mankins -- Two-time Pro Bowl guard, in his prime years, is a restricted free agent who has stayed away from voluntary workouts.

3. Randy Moss -- Still a No. 1 receiver who opposing defenses must respect in the game-planning process. (check out the video at the bottom for more on Moss parting ways with his agent)

4. Wes Welker -- If he was not recovering from a serious knee injury, he could have made a strong case for a pay raise on his deal that extends through 2011.

5. Stephen Gostkowski -- Kicker enters his fifth season and signed his restricted free-agent tender to return to the team.