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sport news Jerod Mayo 'ready to burn some cash' as the Patriots plan for new era after ... trends now

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The New England Patriots hit rock bottom after going 4-13 and essentially sunsetting their 'dynasty' era with a goodbye to Bill Belichick. Now, they'll look to start anew under head coach Jerod Mayo.

Mayo is ready to go to work. New England's roster is currently depleted of talent and as a result, they will look to free agency prepared to do something they haven't been well known for in the past two decades: spend a lot of money.

'We're bringing in talent, 1,000 percent,' Mayo told Boston radio station WEEI. 'Have a lot of cap space and cash. Ready to burn some cash.'

A majority of that cash will likely go to improving the offense - which ended last season as the third-worst in the NFL. They were just barely ahead of a Jets team that lost its big name quarterback out of the gate and a Panthers team led by a rookie QB who had almost no one to throw to.

New England will hope to not repeat those issues this year, with nearly every position on the offense available for upgrading.

Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo plans on spending big in his first offseason in the job

Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo plans on spending big in his first offseason with New England

Top 5 available free agents in New England's positions of need

Quarterback: 1) Kirk Cousins (MIN), 2) Baker Mayfield (TB), 3) Ryan Tannehill (TEN), 4) Gardner Minshew (IND), 5) Tyrod Taylor (NYG)

Wide receiver: 1) Tee Higgins (CIN), 2) Mike Evans (TB), 3) Michael Pittman (IND), 4) Calvin Ridley (JAX), 5) Marquise Brown (ARI)

Offensive line: 1) Tyron Smith (DAL), 2) Robert Hunt (MIA), 3) Andre James (LV), 4) Jonah Williams (CIN), 5) Kevin Zeitler (BAL)

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Outside running back Rhamondre Stevenson and center David Andrews, New England has nine starting positions to fill. That's especially true for the quarterback, wide receiver, and offensive line positions.

Starting with offensive line, New England has free agent Michael Onwenu to re-sign and will also have Trent Brown hitting the open market.

While Cole Strange would be starting if the season began today, his performances last season leave some questions for his future.

Players like Dallas Cowboys OT Tyron Smith or Miami Dolphins OT Robert Hunt could be targets for the Patriots to pursue. 

At wide receiver, there's a plethora of options to choose from in this free

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