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News Blitz 2/24: Source says Patriots, Aqib Talib continue negotiations at NFL Combine

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Jeff Howe](http://bostonherald.com/sports/patriotsnfl/newenglandpatriots/2014/02/aqibtalibtalktakesastep)* of the *Boston Herald reports that the Patriots continued negotiations with impending free agent CB Aqib Talib at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Howe believes Talib is being treated as a "team priority" to this point in the free agency process.

"Talib is scheduled to hit the open market March 11, but the Pats have exclusive signing power until then," notes Howe.

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports that the Patriots have yet to begin contract negotiations with impending free agent WR Julian Edelman.

"While they had preliminary contact with the agent of free agent cornerback Aqib Talib at the combine, sources say they haven't approached impending free agents Julian Edelman and Ryan Wendell about contracts, or guard Logan Mankins or safety Devin McCourty about potential extensions to help lower their 2014 cap numbers," adds Volin.

Phil Savage, a former general manager for the Cleveland Browns, shared the following thought on Twitter:

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