Complete 2014 New England Patriots Offseason Preview and Predictions

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Complete 2014 New England Patriots Offseason Preview and Predictions
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Another year, another playoff loss.  Life is tough for Patriots fans.

They've gone almost an entire decade without winning the Super Bowl and haven't even won an AFC championship since 2011.

I'm joking, of course.

Most fans would kill to come as close as the Patriots do year after year, but when the annual goal is winning a title, anything else feels like a wasted season.

So what can fans expect from New England this offseason as the team once again circles the wagons in hopes of finally capturing that elusive fourth Super Bowl?

The draft is key every year, but even more so this time around.  After successfully reloading with young studs like Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins, the Patriots can finally afford to focus their efforts on one or two difference-makers, rather than casting their typically wide net in Rounds 2 through 7.

Free agency will play a key role, too.

Bill Belichick almost never signs big-name free agents, but this year's crop features so many high-end talents, he may be hard pressed to pass them up.

Or he could just trade away all his picks for future consideration and use free agency for no purpose other than to fill out the bottom of the Patriots' depth chart.  After all, he is Bill Belichick.

Here's one man's best guess as to how the offseason will unfold.  Everything here makes perfect sense, which of course probably means none of it will ever happen.

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