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Patriots free-agent season checkup

It has been a little more than two weeks since NFL free agency kicked off, and for many players it has been a rude awakening. A flat salary cap means the big-money deals that were a staple during this time on the league calendar have been basically nonexistent.

That is a plus for teams, particularly the Patriots, who have historically been thrifty in free agency, generally opting for older players looking for a change of scenery with a perennial winner, or those who are coming off injuries and want to prove themselves.

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