Well, it's never too early. So here's an early look at how I think the Pats will approach the beginning of their offseason, whenever it shall come: Quarterback: Retained: Tom Brady, Kevin O'Connell Re-signed: Matt Gutierrez (ERFA) Depart via FA: Matt Cassel (UFA) Running back: Retained: Laurence Maroney, Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk, BenJarvus Green-Ellis Re-signed: Heath Evans (UFA) Not re-signed: LaMont Jordan (UFA) Tight end: Retained: Benjamin Watson, David Thomas Re-signed: Tyson DeVree (ERFA) Wide receiver: Retained: Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Sam Aiken, Kelley Washington, Matthew Slater Future contract: Maurice Price Re-signed: Jabar Gaffney (UFA), Ray Ventrone (ERFA) Offensive line: Retained: Matt Light, Logan Mankins, Dan Koppen, Stephen Neal, Nick Kaczur, Billy Yates, Ryan O'Callaghan Future contract: Dan Connolly, Ryan Wendell Re-signed: Russ Hochstein (UFA), Mark LeVoir (ERFA), Wesley Britt (RFA) Injury settlement: Barry Stokes Defensive line: Retained: Richard Seymour, Vince Wilfork, Ty Warren, Jarvis Green, Le Kevin Smith Future contract: Titus Adams Re-signed: Mike Wright (UFA) Injury settlement: Kenny Smith Linebacker: Retained: Mike Vrabel, Adalius Thomas, Jerod Mayo, Gary Guyton, Shawn Crable, Bo Ruud Future contract: Darrell Robertson Retire: Tedy Bruschi Re-signed: Pierre Woods (RFA), Eric Alexander (RFA), Larry Izzo (UFA), Vince Redd (ERFA) Defensive back: Retained: Brandon Meriweather, Ellis Hobbs, Terrence Wheatley, Jonathan Wilhite Future contract: Mark Dillard Re-signed: James Sanders (UFA), Tank Williams (UFA), Antwain Spann (ERFA), Mike Richardson (ERFA) Retire/Not re-signed: Rodney Harrison (UFA) Not re-signed: Deltha O'Neal (UFA), Lewis Sanders (UFA), Jason Webster (UFA) Special teams: Retained: Stephen Gostkowski Future contract: Tom Malone Re-signed: Lonie Paxton (UFA), Chris Hanson (UFA) ...I put the secondary in bold because that's where I think the most change could come. I have Sanders and Williams both being re-signed, but it could go either way. Meriweather, Wheatley, Hobbs (for now), and Wilhite are the obvious base, and how the Pats go about (re-)building around that, I am not sure. Could be FA, could be a draft, could be a mix.