With the league year set to get underway next week, the Patriots needed to find ways to get under the salary cap. The first domino has fallen, as Vince Wilfork announced on Twitter Thursday morning the Patriots won’t pick up his option for 2015.

It appears Peyton Manning is ready to take a pay cut to stay in Denver and play for John Elway and the Broncos.

A few random Patriots news items for your Wednesday afternoon:

In Day 20 of the Aaron Hernandez trial, Judge Susan Garsh reiterated that she will not allow prosecutors to introduce evidence related to the shooting of a Hernandez friend in Florida a few months before Odin Lloyd was murdered.

New York Daily News Jets beat writer Manish Mehta joined Middays with MFB Tuesday to discuss his report of the Jets being interested in bringing back Darrelle Revis if the cornerback were to hit free agency.

Following Monday’s announcement that he had not received the franchise tag, Patriots safety Devin McCourty acknowledged that there’s the po

The Patriots made it official Monday afternoon, announcing they had placed the franchise tag on kicker Stephen Gostkowski. The team issued the following statement:

The Patriots have used their franchise tag on kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

The franchise tag will pay Gostkowski $4.1 million in 2015, less than half of the $9.6 million it would cost to franchise safety Devin McCourty.

This is a big week for Darrelle Revis, as the Patriots have until March 9 to pick up his $20 million team option for 2015.

Marshawn Lynch spoke at length for the first time about the end of Super Bowl XLIX over the weekend, telling a Turkish reporter that he was “expecting the ball” at the end of last month’s