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Patriots' signs usually point nowhere

Bill Belichick is unpredictable when it comes to spending for free agents

Updated: March 13, 2012, 2:39 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Ask many around the NFL about the New England Patriots and free agency, and the reputation is that they are a team that avoids the big splash. They are value spenders.

When the heat gets turned up on other NFL clubs for not being more aggressive in free agency, they sometimes point to the Patriots as a model they are following.

Really, though, that perception is not entirely true.

In 2003, the Patriots spent big for linebacker Rosevelt Colvin. They did it again ...

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