Patriots free-agent primer: 10 defensive possibilities for New England

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While free agency is only part of the team-building process, taking into account fit, skill set and (likely) financial demands, here are some names that jump off the page when you’re talking about potential free-agent targets for New England. Consider this a companion piece to the potential offensive targets. (For the purposes of this exercise, we’re not counting the Patriots’ own free agents.)