Heading into the offseason, the Patriots have 47 players under contract for 2022. That leaves the team with 22 pending free agents (not including practice squad players), including 16 players who were starters or played otherwise significant roles in 2021.
Of that group, 16 players are set to become unrestricted free agents, three will be restricted free agents, with one exclusive rights free agent and one street free agent. The Patriots will have until March 16 to exclusively work on extensions with these players (really March 14 with the opening of the legal tampering period). If they choose to use any franchise or transition tags, those have to be declared by March 8.
How many of these players will return to Foxborough next season? Here’s a look at each of the Patriots’ pending free agents.
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