Patriots offensive snapshot

February, 7, 2014
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Following up on colleague Field Yates' player-by-player positional review series, the following is a current Patriots offensive snapshot based on players under contract, which gives a feel for both the present and future outlook (with length of players' contract):

Quarterback
Tom Brady (2017)
Ryan Mallett (2014)

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What is the Patriots' biggest need on offense?

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Quick hit: With Mallett entering the final year of his deal, it makes sense to think the Patriots will draft a quarterback, or at the least, sign one as a free agent with 2015 and beyond in mind.

Running back
Stevan Ridley (2014)
Shane Vereen (2014)
Brandon Bolden (2014)
Sam McGuffie (2015)
Jonas Gray (2015)
Quentin Hines (2015)

Free agent: LeGarrette Blount

Quick hit: There seems to be mutual interest in Blount's return. The market for free agents at the position has been generally soft.

Fullback
James Develin (2014)

Quick hit: Former practice squad player from Brown brought toughness to the offense this past season.

Wide receiver
Aaron Dobson (2016)
Danny Amendola (2017)
Kenbrell Thompkins (2015)
Josh Boyce (2016)
Matthew Slater (2014)
T.J. Moe (2015)
Mark Harrison (2015)
Reggie Dunn (2015)
Greg Orton (2015)

Free agent: Julian Edelman

Quick hit: An Amendola-type contract, with $10 million over the first two years, doesn't seem like an unreasonable expectation for Edelman -- in New England or elsewhere.

Tight end
Rob Gronkowski (2019)
D.J. Williams (2015)

Free agent: Michael Hoomanawanui, Matthew Mulligan

Quick hit: Hoomanawanui and Mulligan were solid role players who could always return, but the team still figures to target this position with other reinforcements in free agency (maybe Scott Chandler?) or the draft (which is said to be deep at the position).

Center/guard
Logan Mankins (2016)
Dan Connolly (2014)
Marcus Cannon (2014)
Josh Kline (2015)
Chris Barker (2015)
Markus Zusevics (2014)
Braxston Cave (2015)

Free agent: Ryan Wendell

Quick hit: All eyes will be on what the Patriots do at center with Wendell and if they approach starting right guard Dan Connolly ($3 million base salary) on a possible reduction.

Offensive tackle
Nate Solder (2014*)
Sebastian Vollmer (2016)
Marcus Cannon (2014)
Jordan Devey (2015)
Elvis Fisher (2015)
R.J. Mattes (2015)
Brice Schwab (2015)

Free agent: Will Svitek

Quick hit: The Patriots hold a fifth-year option with Solder that they figure to pick up, extending that deal to 2015. If the Patriots decide to work Cannon more at guard, it wouldn't be a surprise if this is an under-the-radar position the team could target at some point in the draft.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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