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Pats won't have trouble spending their $19M

2/28/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
New England Patriots fans must have had two immediate, positive reactions when they learned their club on Saturday dealt Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel to the Kansas City Chiefs:

  1. A strong assurance that Tom Brady's surgically repaired left knee must be fine, or the Patriots wouldn't have made the trade.

  2. Exhilaration over suddenly having about $19 million to spend in the early stages of the free-agency period.

Two of the ways they can spend it immediately are by signing more free agents or extending contracts of players already on their roster.

A lot of talent still is available on the open market. I hesitate to cobble together a list of the more prominent players still out there because it probably will be outdated within minutes.

Feel free to share your ideas of who you think the Patriots should sign. Enter those names in the comments section below.

Here are some of the Patriots who are entering the final year of their contracts: