Big splashes have soaked Patriots

Through the years, Bill Belichick has had more success with smaller-scale free agents

Updated: July 25, 2011, 9:55 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Bill Belichick doesn't telegraph too many passes. He seems to enjoy keeping his competitors, and everyone else charting the New England Patriots' moves, in a guessing mode.

Just when you think they don't spend big in free agency, the Patriots head coach opens the vault for Rosevelt Colvin (2003) and Adalius Thomas (2007).

Just when you think he doesn't value the guard position and figure he won't invest a first-round draft choice in that area, he selects Logan Mankins (2005).

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