The first week of NFL free agency has seen some major shakeups around the league. The New England Patriots are no exception. A star wide receiver was lost to a major rival. A fan favorite running back bolted to another. An offensive lineman left for a third team. And a safety went the same route as another former Patriot from that same position, heading for the NFC East.
It hasn't been all bad news for the Patriots, though. They feel they have replaced the production lost on offense by bringing in a stud wide receiver and a little additional help as well. They've addressed their concerns at kick return, hoping to gain a little more yardage and not risk valuable offensive or defensive players getting injured at the same time. They've also not only retained key players in their secondary, but made a move to improve it, which is important given how their last two seasons have gone.
Lets take a look at the moves that have been made in this first week of the NFL free agency period for 2013.