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Free Agency: Patriots' Strategy Upsets Fans

Free Agency: Patriots' Strategy Upsets Fans

Call it strategy, call it determination to follow self-imposed limits. Whatever you call it, almost to a fault the Patriots approach to signing their own free agents should be called disastrous if nothing else. Willie McGinest a lifelong Patriot gone. Adam Vinatieri, recognized as the best kicker in the league, gone. David Givens one of the best receivers in the division, gone. Replacing these icons will be no easy feat.

Certain truths become self-evident in March: NCAA basketball brackets getting blown up, baseball teams breaking camp, and the Patriots' approval rating plummeting.In three of the last five years, fans have given two thumbs up to the Patriots' performance from September to early February. But March is always the cruelest month in Foxboro. That's when other teams start throwing money at free...

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