Ranking New England Patriots' Best Remaining Free-Agency Options

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Ranking New England Patriots' Best Remaining Free-Agency Options
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Shaun Phillips could boost the Patriots' pass rush.

The New England Patriots typically emphasize middle-class value over upper-tier flash in free agency.  With less cap space than desired, the Pats figured to stay relatively quiet this year.

Instead, the Patriots have bucked all expectations with one unexpected body blow after another.  The secondary's reformation after the signings of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner stand out as high points, while the Vince Wilfork saga ranks as an equally stunning low.

Going forward, Pats followers should not expect such drama.  Nonetheless, via Spotrac, New England does still have an estimated $10.9 million remaining in cap space, a number that could jump $8 million with Wilfork's potential release.  The team will need to save a good chunk of that for draft picks and in-season flexibility, but the Patriots still have some flexibility to make moves.

The Patriots are by no means a complete team, though at this early point of the team-building season, they have plenty of time to construct the roster they envisioned at the beginning of the process.  Week 1 is still roughly six months away, and the secondary waves of free agency represent the next step toward shaping the team that will take the field on September 7.

With that in mind, here's a look at seven remaining free agents who would be the best schematic and financial fits in Foxboro.

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