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Woodhead is hugely important to Brady and the Pats offense.
Outside of the big three of Welker, Talib and Vollmer, Edelman is the most important of the remaining free agents.
The Pats need youth, athleticism and depth at the WR position (Brandon Lloyd is the only WR signed for next year) and Edelman has positional versatility as a slot or outside WR. He's also explosive on special teams. Given his injury problems (he's on IR with a foot injury), look for the Pats to bring him back on a team-friendly contract.
Woodhead has been Tom Brady's outlet this season, providing him with decent pass-blocking and a reliable threat out of the backfield. They've developed tremendous chemistry, and his (relative) veteran presence on a team with young backs like Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen is sorely needed.
He's a player who is likely more valuable to the Pats he would be on other team—especially given his role in Brady's hurry-up offense. Expect him to be back on a one- or two-year deal.
Two safeties were drafted out of Oregon in the second round of the 2009 draft in Chung and Jairus Byrd (Bills). The Pats picked the wrong one. Chung's reputation as a hard-hitting, in-the-box safety means that he'll likely get the chance to start on another team (and, more importantly, be paid like a starter). Pass.
He's settled into a slot role, but he's done so with a lot of bracket help from S Devin McCourty. It's no coincidence that reserve corner Marquice Cole has also succeeded this year with McCourty behind him. Arrington will likely be allowed to test the market, but if the Pats can bring him back on their terms (quite possible, given his reputation as one of the league's worst corners), he provides needed depth.
Scott has flashed a motor in limited time and could serve as a bridge to 2012 third-rounder Jake Bequette if he can be retained on a one-year deal.