6 Pitfalls the Patriots Must Avoid in Free Agency

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6 Pitfalls the Patriots Must Avoid in Free Agency
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This is an exciting time for the Patriots. Their achievements over the last two seasons have demonstrated the basic framework to make them a championship contender in 2013. With a few important upgrades in free agency, this team should be ready to take care of unfinished business.

According to ESPN Boston, the Patriots are estimated to be among the top 10 teams in cap space. Keeping in mind that it's only an estimation, based on fluid information, it's still welcome news. It means the Patriots are in an excellent position to pursue their deepest desires during free agency.

But, before the Patriots can pursue the right players, they need to identify their most critical needs. It's also vitally important that they identify fatal pitfalls to avoid. These are the first steps to building an unbreakable team.

Here are six pitfalls the Patriots must avoid in free agency. 

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