The NFL lockout is nearing an end and for the first time in months fans can finally turn their attention to actual football. After the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is finalized, normal NFL activities and operations will commence. Training camp is just days away, and as of right now, there are a handful of players who are still without a team.
The NFL will soon experience a free agent frenzy, where teams will rush to negotiate with some of the top players in the league. As a Patriots fan it got me thinking, who will Bill Belichick target? While the Pats offense dominated opponents last year (resembling the 2007 squad) they still have some needs. Among them are a deep-threat receiver, who they pretty much did without after Randy Moss back to the Minnesota Vikings.
The Patriots also need to improve the offensive line with Matt Light hitting the market, Stephen Neal retiring, and Logan Mankins' likely hold-out (again). And finally, the New England could revamp its backfield considering they are ancient at the position, with three of running backs pushing 35-plus years in age. With that in mind, here is a list of 10 offensive free agents the New England Patriots should consider signing in 2011.