Patriots prefer contrarian approach

When it comes to free agency, New England not afraid to break the mold

Originally Published: March 20, 2012
By Ross Tucker | ESPN.com

Although most of the focus during the initial free-agent frenzy is on the big names and the gigantic contracts that they sign, the New England Patriots managed to stay way under the radar. They made a number of value signings that they believe will upgrade their roster for 2012.

Most teams make a run at some of the elite players available, such as Mario Williams, Peyton Manning or Vincent Jackson, or sit out the first week entirely until the prices supposedly come down and they can value ...

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