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The Patriots have plenty of salary cap space available to sign free agents, so external free agents have been all the rage among fans this offseason.

But what about their own free agents? The Patriots have plenty of guys that are ready to test the free-agent waters this offseason on March 17, so they'll have to bring back some of those players as well.

On defense, the Patriots have five notable players hitting free agency, including two top cornerbacks, two key pass rushers, and a run-stuffing specialist and captain.

Here's a look at where those five players will land when the dust settles during free agency.

2021 NFL free agency predictions: Patriots' free-agent destinations on defense