From a player personnel standpoint, the NFL offseason has three main stages – internal free agency, traditional free agency, and the NFL Draft. While those stages may overlap at times, everything begins with teams focusing on their own rosters, including players on expiring contracts and candidates for contract extensions and renegotiations, as well as potential retirements. There are staffing changes taking place during this period as well.
For the Patriots, the first stage will set the tone for the remainder of the offseason. They have 22 expiring contracts, with 16 of those players filling starting or otherwise significant roles in 2021. There are also rookie options – one already picked up and one the team needs to make a decision on – that could impact the overall blueprint of the offseason.
Between the possible departures of franchise cornerstones, to figuring out the future of promising young players, here’s the five biggest internal questions the Patriots have to answer to start the offseason.
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