Getting a read on the Patriots

With free agency finally on tap, here's an informed opinion on where things stand

Updated: March 12, 2013, 4:52 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

With free agency set to begin Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, here is my read on where things stand with the New England Patriots:

The club remains in discussions with receiver Wes Welker and cornerback Aqib Talib. The Patriots want both players back and there has been enough common ground to maintain ongoing dialogue. We should have some answers fairly quickly in both cases based on what the market presents; if another team steps up with an offer or official visit, it would put the ...

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