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Bill Belichick has a number of offseason decisions to make. (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports)
Ryan Hannable
February 26, 2017 - 11:27 pm
It's only been three weeks since Super Bowl LI, but the planning for 2017 is already in full swing for the Patriots and the other 31 NFL teams. The NFL combine is this week in Indianapolis and with that many teams have an idea of how they want to change/upgrade their roster for next season. Teams...
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Sam Travis (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)
Rob Bradford
February 23, 2017 - 9:15 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- They sit down the end of the clubhouse, in the same spot guys like Deven Marrero and Xander Bogaerts inhabited during their first go-round with the big leaguers. Sam Travis and Rafael Devers aren't mingling much. Just enough. They're keeping their eyes wide, collecting the $95...
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Signing Dont'a Hightower to an extension may be the Patriots' best option to keeping him. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)
Ryan Hannable
February 22, 2017 - 11:05 pm
The Patriots have a decision to make when it comes to Dont'a Hightower by March 1. The unrestricted free agent seems to be the Patriots' only option when it comes to potentially using the franchise or transition tag, and the window to apply that to a player ends in less than a week. It's quite...
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Jimmy Garoppolo was on Adam Schefter's podcast Tuesday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)
Ryan Hannable
February 21, 2017 - 11:27 pm
Being the backup quarterback, it isn't too often Jimmy Garoppolo speaks and it's even more rare he comments about his future. For the first time maybe ever, Garoppolo addressed his long-term future on Tuesday when he went on Adam Schefter's "Know them from Adam" podcast . Schefter proposed a...
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Jimmy Butler (left) and Paul George (right) would improve Celtics, but at what cost? (Jeffrey Becker/USA Today Sports)
John Tomase
February 21, 2017 - 1:05 pm
Let's apply some logic to Danny Ainge's pursuit of a transcendent player. In today's NBA there might be six such stars – LeBron James , Steph Curry, Kevin Durant , Russell Westbrook , James Harden , Kawhi Leonard. Cases can be made for Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, and a couple of others. Someone...
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Baseball hats are the closest politics have come to the National Pastime in some circles. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)
Rob Bradford
February 21, 2017 - 12:19 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Have you noticed something missing from Red Sox camp? Politics. The most consistently dominant topic of conversation over the last year, even in the world of sports, is nowhere to be found in and around the home clubhouse at JetBlue Park. Every once in a while, a player might be...
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The Patriots have 14 unrestricted free agents this offseason. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)
Ryan Hannable
February 20, 2017 - 11:27 pm
The Patriots have a number of unrestricted free agents to be -- 14 to be exact -- and as is always the case, teams cannot keep all of them. This will certaibly happen with New England this offseason as there will be some turnover between the Super Bowl winning team and the 2017 squad. Unrestricted...
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