Dion Lewis, Nate Solder headline Patriots' 2018 free-agent class
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By Mike ReissESPN Staff Writer

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Changes will be coming fast for the New England Patriots, both on the coaching staff and with players. While the disappointment of Super Bowl LII is still fresh for the team, as quarterback Tom Brady said after the game, “No one will feel sorry for us. We’ll evaluate like we always do. I’m sure everyone is pretty tired after a long year, that’s football.”

Part of that evaluation is tied to the roster, which makes it timely to pass along a breakdown in terms of the season when each player’s contract expires.

While there is much work to be done from a team-building perspective, the below snapshot highlights how the Patriots are still in a solid place from both a short- and long-term perspective:

2017

Danny Amendola

Johnson Bademosi

Brandon Bolden

Rex Burkhead

Malcolm Butler

Nate Ebner

Cameron Fleming

Marquis Flowers

Ricky Jean Francois

James Harrison

Brandon King

Dion Lewis

Matthew Slater

Nate Solder

LaAdrian Waddle

QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: Amendola has taken a pay cut each of the last three seasons to return, and as he showed in the Super Bowl with a strong performance, he still has plenty left in the tank. He should be a strong consideration to re-sign, although with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia landing head-coaching jobs, it's possible there could be increased competition from others for players like him. ... Three offensive tackles -- Solder, Fleming and Waddle -- represent a significant chunk of the depth chart. Solder can not be assigned the franchise tag, per the terms of his deal. ... Lewis and Burkhead were No. 1 and 3 on the running back depth chart. ... A fresh start for Butler seems likely. ... Slater remains a top special teams player in the...



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