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5 Not-so-Obvious Free Agents Who Can Help the New England Patriots in 2013
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Ed Reed is sure to grab the headlines wherever he signs, but who else might help New England with less fanfare?

With the NFL season drawing to a close and free agency looming around the corner, players like Ed Reed, Greg Jennings and Wes Welker figure to dominate the offseason headlines. 

As superstar players potentially on the move, they deserve all the attention and money they can get. That does not mean, however, that there aren’t other lower-profile players capable of having major impacts for the New England Patriots in 2013.

According to ESPN’s John Clayton, New England has roughly $18.6 million of salary cap space heading into next season.

With most of its core players already under contract, that leaves the team in excellent position to pursue a host of quality options, even if they forego the big names in favor of more cap-friendly contracts as Bill Belichick has been wont to do.

Here are five such players who would make substantial contributions to an improved Patriots squad in the 2013 season.

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