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Defensive ends Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones provide a great starting point for the Patriots on the edge, but a pass-rushing presence like Dwight Freeney could find a role within a rotation in the front seven.
In fact, according to Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe, defensive end is one position the Patriots have been associated with in free agency:
When it comes to veteran free-agent defensive ends, the New England Patriots have been down this path before.
It's a path that brings back memories of defensive ends Mark Anderson and Andre Carter becoming the first duo with double-digit sacks for the Patriots since 1987.