The New England Patriots are rarely the sort of team to throw money at a free agent, especially in a season like this when they are so close to the salary cap that they can lick the ceiling if they stick their tongues out.
They're not afraid to take a chance on a high-priced free agent when they have the opportunity. Look no further than their signing of cornerback Darrelle Revis in 2014 for an example of Robert Kraft opening up the checkbook for a player that can help the team.
And if the Patriots want to do that in 2016, there are some moves they could make to free up enough space to sign someone. (Releasing Jerod Mayo, for example, would free up $7 million in cap space, and releasing Danny Amendola would free up $4 million).
That all-in approach, however, is not the norm for New England. Head coach Bill Belichick prefers signing younger players who might have proven less in their career to low-cost contracts that could either pay off big or are only of minimal consequence if they don't pan out.
There are plenty of free agents that fit the mold in this year's crop, so let's take a look at some of the free agents who should be on Belichick's radar.