Free agency began at midnight last night and the salary cap that has existed since 1994 has been eliminated. However, the market won't be a free-for-all, because not all free agents are created equally.
Here's a look at the players who will be the top unrestricted free agents and players released by their teams that the Patriots might consider to fill their need areas -- running back, receiver, and defense. At the end of the gallery, vote for the player you'd most like to see in a Patriots uniform.
The Globe's Albert Breer explains the end of the NFL as we know it in an Extra Points blog post.
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