The Pats now have a chunk of money to play with in an intriguing free-agent class. There is plenty of talk about deep threats and right tackles, and whether Wes Welker will return to the team that he helped bring to the brink of two Super Bowl championships.
There's also the question of whether the Pats will retain Aqib Talib, or if they'll sign a big name like Ed Reed or cap-casualty Charles Woodson.
With a few notable exceptions, the Pats aren't typically a team that makes a big splash in free agency. But let's have some fun and think big for a little, by focusing on five free-agent defenders who would significantly improve the Pats defense.
Enough has been written about Woodson and Reed, so I'll skip them in this list.