With Aaron Hernandez receiving a contract extension just weeks after fellow third-year tight end Rob Gronkowski received an extension, the Patriots have set a trend of locking up their quality young players before their rookie contracts expire.
The trend started last year when defensive captain Jerod Mayo was given a five-year extension.
With so many young, talented players on the roster, the Patriots simply won't have enough money to go around.
Unfortunately, this is the nature of the business, and some players will have to try to get their money elsewhere in the league.
Here are, in my opinion, the next five Patriots who could be in line for an extension.