ESPN's Scouts Inc. and ESPN Insider has produced three free-agent stories that look at:
1. The top 50 free agents on the market (Matt Williamson writes).
2. The best values in free agency (KC Joyner writes).
3. Riskiest free agents on the market (Gary Horton writes).
The Patriots have players in two of the three categories.
Veteran defensive end Andre Carter is the first New England player in the top 50 list. He checks in at No. 25.
"Carter played very well for the Patriots last year before getting hurt [Dec. 18]," Williamson writes. "His career path is very distinct in that he plays very well when playing defensive end in a 4-3 and struggles at outside linebacker in a 3-4, which is a role he has unfortunately been thrust into at times. It seems likely that Carter is back in New England."
Defensive end Mark Anderson is the other Patriot on the list (45th). As for the best values, running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis tops the list.
"Teams are always looking for a good bell cow running back, and Green-Ellis is by far the best candidate for that role in this year's free-agent crop," Joyner writes. "He is young (will be 27 years old in July), doesn't have much wear and tear (only 510 career carries), is durable (hasn't missed a game in the past two years) and has never fumbled the ball in his NFL career."
A Patriots free agent wasn't listed in the biggest risks piece.