New England Patriots

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 26: Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a reception against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on December 26, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 20-12. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

NFL free agency is past the first wave of the 2021 season, as the dust settles from a busy first week – especially in New England.

And the Patriots could still not be done overhauling their roster. Despite handing out over $162.5 million in guarantees to 19 free-agent signings in the first week, the second wave contains plenty of interesting veterans who could add value to any team.

Most notable available free agents come in areas where the Patriots aggressively moved to upgrade their personnel early on: wide receiver, and the defensive front-seven. But the Pats have also been reported to show interest in more affordable deals for accomplished players in their 30s. There’s still a chance they land at least one established veteran on a short-term deal for modest sums of money, with the opportunity to deliver good value both on and off the field in Bill Belichick’s program.

According to Miguel Benzan, the Patriots’ salary cap space sits at more than $25 million. That’s before accounting for the signings of DB Justin Bethel, C Ted Karras, and DL Montravius Adams, and the restructured contract of OT Trent Brown.

Scroll down for a list of intriguing names still available in NFL free agency, who will likely require minimal financial commitment with the potential to pay off big.

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