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Patriots’ shopping list for free agency

The Patriots went 14-2, 13-3, and 12-4 the last three seasons, with appearances in the Super Bowl and AFC Championship games in 2011 and ’12, respectively.

They have some very good pieces in place. On offense, the Patriots have quarterback Tom Brady, dynamic tight ends in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, an emerging 1-2 punch at running back in Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, a franchise left tackle (Nate Solder) and guard (Logan Mankins), and a center in Ryan Wendell who is coming off a terrific season.

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