Vince Wilfork tweeted Thursday that he will be a free agent after the Patriots declined his option for next season. (Getty Images)

Vince Wilfork announced on Thursday that he had been informed by the Patriots that they would not be picking up the two year option in his contract. The move will make Wilfork, an 11-year veteran, a free agent to sign with any team. The move will save New England $8 million in salary cap space.

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Mookie Betts could find himself the starter in center when spring training ends. (AP)

The Boston Red Sox had trouble with health as well as a lack of power and average in the outfield in 2014, but the additions of Hanley Ramirez, a healthy Shane Victorino and even the Cuban Rusney Castillo should be an upgrade of the minor leaguers and bench players the Red Sox had for most of last season. Sure, the trade of Yoenis Cespedes hurts the pop a bit, but it should should be an intriguing outfield to watch in spring training.

Left Field: Hanley Ramirez, Daniel Nava

Ramirez will see the bulk of the playing time in left, but Nava should be able to sneak a start here and there against a tough right-handed starter. Continue reading Red Sox 2015 Preview: Ramirez, Victorino, Betts, Castillo, Nava »

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Current Personnel: LeGarrette Blount, Jonas Gray, James White, Tyler Gaffney, Brandon Bolden

Key Free Agents: Stevan Ridley (UFA), Shane Vereen (UFA)

Need Level: Moderate

Possible Fits: Re-sign free agents, Jay Ajayi (Boise St.), David Cobb (Minn.), Terrence Magee (LSU)

The Patriots are at an interesting spot when it comes to the running back position. There is a chance that they could lose their two best backs in free agency while still not being sunk at the position. Continue reading Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Running Back »

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Another trade has come and gone and the Bruins have stayed out of the spot light once again. I’ve covered this topic before, and in the past I’ve stood by Peter Chiarelli’s relative inaction at the deadlines because the Bruins already had such a good core that it wasn’t necessary to go out and make a big deal. However, this time around I just can’t support Chiarelli. The Bruins have some major needs on their roster and he didn’t do much to address them.

All told he made 3 trades today of varying significance. While he was able to grab a couple nice pieces without giving up much of anything, he really didn’t do much to address the Bruins’ needs. Let’s take a deeper look at each of these trades, as well as an unfortunate transaction they may grow to hate.

2 Second Round picks for Brett Connolly

Early this morning the Bruins traded their second round picks in 2015 and 2016 to the Tamba Bay Lightning for RW Brett Connolly. Connolly was the 6th overall pick in 2010, the year the Bruins drafted Tyler Seguin, and has some offensive upside. He’s a speedy player with a quick release and good hockey IQ. Like Ryan Spooner, he hasn’t been able to fully develop into a top 6 forward on an NHL roster but will get a fresh look in Boston. Continue reading Bruins Dissapoint at the Trade Deadline »

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1. Celtics:

* They are exciting BUT you can’t lose a 26-point lead to the top team in the league – horrendous game by Brad Stevens. His team lacked composure, shot selection (step back, defended three pointers – team shot 8 for 31 from three point land), no ball movement

* They have become must watch TV – pushing the ball and working hard on defense

* 65 Three pointers in the game – Amazing how the NBA has become a jump shooting league – I think they should get rid of the three point line

* Isaiah Thomas might be one of the five most electrifying player in Celtics history

* Isaiah Thomas might be the best end-of-the-quarter weapon since Larry Bird

* Steph Curry is not only the best shooter in the league but also the best dribbler

2. NFL stats:

* The Patriots, Giants and Charges combined for 1,295 rushing attempts this year – ZERO fumbles lost Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Celtics on Exciting Run but Lose 26-Point Lead »

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1. Local Stars the year after missing a season (or the majority of a season)

* Ted Williams – 1946 – 38 HR / 123 RBI / .342

* Ted Williams – 1954 – 29 HR / 89 RBI / .345

* Larry Bird………1989 – 24.3 points / 9.5 rebounds / 7.5 assists

* Cam Neely……..1993           – 50 goals (49 games)

* Tom Brady……..2009 – 28 TD to 13 Int / 4,398 yards

2. Celtics stuff:

* Celtics are now on pace for 33 wins

* Celtics have Clippers pick, who are 5-7 over their last 12

* Hello Dallas – Welcome to Rondo world

* Isaiah Thomas the best sub six foot player on the Celtics since Tiny Archibald Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Comebacks, Championships and Doobie Brothers »

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Current Personnel: Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo

Need level: Low

Possible fits: None

Had the Patriots not drafted Garoppolo in the second round of the 2014 draft, this position would have a higher need. Continue reading Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Quarterbacks »

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