Speaking of the Patriots, Bill Belichick and other Patriots' personnel including Mike Lombardi are in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine. According to various tweets the Patriots have not reached out to any of their free agents. They have also not placed the franchise tag on any of their players. CB Aqib Talib and WR Julian Edelman are the two priorities in most of the fans' eyes. I think the Patriots may need to get pretty creative with contracts for both of these players and made a detailed post about what I could see being a win-win contract for both Talib and the Patriots. In order to free up some cap space, the Patriots will probably need to renegotiate a contract or two. The contracts of Logan Mankins and Vince Wilfork are likely to be the ones that the Patriots will need to target for renegotiations. The expected cap for the 2014 is now estimated to be $130 million which is higher than originally expected. I guess we should thank all the people who bought NFL merchandise as they hopped on the Seahawks' bandwagon.
In baseball news, the Red Sox have signed Massachusetts' native Chris Capuano to a contract worth at minimum $2.25 million. Capuano is a left-handed pitcher with a career ERA of 4.27. While playing last season for the Dodgers his ERA was 4.26. In case you hadn't heard, David Ortiz would like an extension and Jon Lester wants to be a career Red Sox and is willing to sign a team friendly deal. The guys who sign the checks appear to be interested in making these deals happen so hopefully that will happen this spring. Once again, I think creativity may be the key for getting these deal done.
Before heading on their Olympic break, the Bruins were on fire and looked like may not actually need to make any moves before their trade deadline. The NHL gets back to action on February 25th and their trade deadline is on March 5th. Unlike the NBA, the NHL is full of teams fighting to stay in the playoff picture. With that, it is unlikely that there will be quality free agents available before the deadline.