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NFL free agency winners, losers: Who cashed in with big moves?

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It’s now been one week since the NFL free agent market opened, so what better time to reflect upon who’s done the most effective shopping?

WINNERS

New England Patriots: When was the last time a defending champion added so many substantial upgrades? The trade for WR Brandin Cooks should provide an element of explosiveness and deep speed on offense that QB Tom Brady hasn’t enjoyed since Randy Moss left. The acquisition of TE Dwayne Allen offsets the loss of Martellus Bennett — and at a reasonable price over the next three years. The Pats paid handsomely for Stephon Gilmore (5 years, $65 million), but they gained a top-echelon cornerback, weakened a division rival (Buffalo Bills) and now have flexibility regarding Malcolm Butler’s future. Newly signed RB Rex Burkhead could be the latest player to enjoy a breakout campaign once featured in New England’s system … unless he’s outshined by former Carolina Panthers DE Kony Ealy. And the cherry on top came Wednesday when

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