The New England Patriots' season ended in the AFC Championship game for the second straight season, but simply reaching this game was far more impressive this time around given the amount of turnover and injuries the Pats faced throughout the year.
The Patriots have one of the youngest teams in the NFL and will look toward the development of their young players as much as offseason additions to get the team to the next level.
Still, the Patriots have some decisions to make.
A number of players are returning from serious injuries. Can they be counted on? There are also some holes on the roster that could becoming glaring if certain players leave via free agency. With limited cap space to work with, the Pats might have to get creative to free up enough space to make any impact acquisitions.
Here are eight moves the Pats could make to give themselves some more flexibility in free agency this offseason.
All salary cap information courtesy of OverTheCap.com.