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Patriots FAs: Take 'em or leave 'em?

Early look at looming decisions on the team's top 10 soon-to-be free agents

Updated: January 20, 2014, 2:49 PM ET
By Field Yates | ESPNBoston.com

PatriotsWith less than two months until free agency begins, the Patriots' front office turns its attention to evaluating its roster and building the team for next season. There are 13 players who will hit free agency in March.

We've selected the top 10 and made calls on whether the Patriots should sign them or let them walk. Here's my take on each one, and we invite you to share your opinion as well in the polls below. Take into consideration the contract -- both in duration and compensation -- it would take to bring each player back as you cast your votes.

Julian
Edelman

Position: WR
Yates: Deserves to be paid and has earned spot in NE. Re-sign him.

Your call?

  •  
    96%
  •  
    4%

(Total votes: 12,438)

Aqib
Talib

Position: CB
Yates: A defensive cornerstone and just 27. Re-sign him.

Your call?

  •  
    92%
  •  
    8%

(Total votes: 12,350)

LeGarrette Blount

Position: RB
Yates: Unless he wants big bucks. RBs replaceable. Re-sign him.

Your call?

  •  
    75%
  •  
    25%

(Total votes: 12,227)

Ryan
Wendell

Position: C
Yates: A solid, reliable tactician at center. Re-sign him.

Your call?

  •  
    81%
  •  
    19%

(Total votes: 11,576)

Brandon
Spikes

Position: LB
Yates: Late arrival to meeting likely last straw. Let him go.

Your call?

  •  
    18%
  •  
    82%

(Total votes: 11,855)

Michael Hoomanawanui

Position: TE
Yates: A reliable depth-level tight end. Re-sign him.

Your call?

  •  
    66%
  •  
    34%

(Total votes: 11,612)

Dane
Fletcher

Position: LB
Yates: Core special teamer with modest price tag. Re-sign him.

Your call?

  •  
    80%
  •  
    20%

(Total votes: 11,027)

Danny
Aiken

Position: LS
Yates: Part of strong specialists group in 2013. Re-sign him.

Your call?

  •  
    72%
  •  
    28%

(Total votes: 10,873)

Austin
Collie

Position: WR
Yates: Pats have good depth in WR pipeline. Let him go.

Your call?

  •  
    25%
  •  
    75%

(Total votes: 11,256)

Will
Svitek

Position: OL
Yates: Provides versatility and depth. Re-sign him.

Your call?

  •  
    73%
  •  
    27%

(Total votes: 10,479)


Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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