Starting to get a little clarity

As details emerge from lockout talks, we begin to learn what rules Pats will play by

Updated: June 28, 2011, 4:46 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

For much of the offseason, one of the challenges in discussing free agency was not knowing the rules under which teams would be operating. But last week, the possibility of how free agency could look was detailed in a piece by ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, two of the media leaders when it comes to reporting on the lockout.

This has opened a window to look at free agency in a different light, and that's where this week's mailbag leads off (Note: the next ...

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