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Three Patriots among elite free agents

Mankins, Light and Green-Ellis will generate some major interest.

At least three Patriots should generate interest when the NFL's free-agent market opens in earnest this week.



Logan Mankins, Matt Light and BenJarvus Green-Ellis are on Pro Football Weekly's annual list of the top 100 FAs in the league.



Mankins, ranked No. 4 by PFW, is unlikely to go anywhere -- New England's franchise tag should ensure that. But you never know ... last year should be evidence enough of that.



Light (No. 21) is 33, so he'll be looking for one last big contract. Simply put, the Patriots need to re-sign him.



Green-Ellis (No. 93) probably isn't going anywhere, either: He's a restricted free agent. But that doesn't keep a team in need of a rusher from overpaying him.



Peyton Manning is No. 1 on the list, but he's certain to be re-signed by Indianapolis. The first real question mark is at No. 2, where former Oakland CB Nnamdi Asomugha resides. He'll want -- and get -- front-line QB money.

 
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