Though the New England Patriots are singularly focused on their current playoff run, the offseason is imminently arriving. The Patriots coaches are primarily concerned with game-planning for potential opponents, but there is also an eye directed towards free agency and the draft process.
So while the story of the 2013 Patriots is not yet complete, the groundwork for the 2014 season is already being laid. Fortunately, New England is in solid standing in terms of its cap space, with enough flexibility to aggressively seek extensions for current players or to pinpoint targets from other teams.
But a team's cap space status is like a treadmill, and the Patriots must keep moving in order to stay ahead of future salary obligations and preserve that flexibility. With that in mind, here are five contracts the Patriots should consider re-evaluating ahead of the 2014 season.