It has been a long known fact that the New England Patriots aren't the biggest spenders in the NFL and so far in the 2014 NFL free agency they could be said to be having a bad time.

It seems like history has repeated itself in more ways than one this year.

Firstly a player who was ranked as their No. 1 in a position left and went to perhaps their biggest AFC rival in the Denver Broncos.

That player was Cornerback Aqib Talib who on Monday followed in the footsteps of former Patriots Wide Receiver Wes Welker and left for Colorado.

When I first heard about Talib going to free agency in the first place I wasn't best pleased, when I heard he'd gone to Denver, I really wasn't pleased, when I heard how much Denver were paying him, I understood why the Patriots never tried to retrieve him from free agency.

$57 million over six years is a monster contract and for a player who has had his fair share of injuries I can understand the Patriots not wanting to match that offer.

The second example of the Patriots not doing free agency right goes by the name of Julian Edelman.

Edelman was pretty much the man who saved the Patriots passing game after the departure of Welker to Denver, Quarterback Tom Brady was struggling to match up with his new receivers following Welker's move to the Broncos, Rob Gronkowski's departure to IR and Aaron Hernandez's departure to jail.

Brady seemed to match up well with Edelman and the fact the Patriots let him go to free agency is beyond me as he is now the second receiver to receive over 1,000 yards in a season with New England and then enter free agency in as many years.

Now Edelman is set to meet with the San Francisco 49ers and should he move to the NFC franchise, I'm sure the Patriots fans and team will be kicking themselves for allowing it to happen.

I would mention that I'm gutted about allowing Linebacker Brandon Spikes to go to the Buffalo Bills and although he only had one interception last season and a combined 86 tackles, I would say yes its a shame to see him go but lets face it, we have bigger problems.

And now for the big one, and I mean that literally because I'm talking about the man who single handedly defies the laws of physics, Vince Wilfork.

Very true, Wilfork hasn't gone to free agency but he's recently said he wishes to leave the Patriots after 10 years with New England and its tough not to feel a little upset by that.

Of course after 10 years its natural for a player to want to move on but after 10 years, its hard not to wonder if theres something else behind the scenes that we don't know about that may be happening? Who knows.

In all fairness, it should be pointed out that the Patriots have done some good business this off-season and in my opinion have already made their Cornerback position stronger than it was last season.

The signings of Brandon Browner from the Seattle Seahawks and Darrelle Revis from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gives them a much more powerful base for pass defence so one big name to leave Foxborough has been replaced by two new faces.

As free agency goes on and the NFL Draft draws closer it will be interesting to see what Bill Belichick and the Patriots franchise can do to strengthen their chances of another Super Bowl title in 2015.

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