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What's next when lockout ends?

Updated: July 12, 2011, 11:56 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

With the possibility that owners and players will strike an agreement in the coming weeks and the 2011 season will be saved, one of the more prevalent questions in this week's Patriots mailbag was a simple one: What next?

There is still a lot of work to be done for clubs.

Draft picks must be signed to contracts, not to mention rookie free agents. There is veteran free agency, as well, in addition to addressing franchise tags. It will all be packed into a tight time frame.

It ...

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