AFC East Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Patriots



  • Bills HC Sean McDermott told reporters on Tuesday that first-round QB Josh Allen will begin to “periodically” receive reps with the first-team offense “from time to time, moving forward.” However, McDermott added that Allen will still work with the third-team offense “by and large.” (Mike Rodak)
  • Meanwhile, the Bills will continue to rotate A.J. McCarron and Nathan Peterman with the first-team offense. (Chris Brown)


Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has the full breakdown of the new four-year, $27 million contract extension signed by Dolphins CB Bobby McCain.

  • According to Jackson, the agreement actually decreased McCain’s 2018 cap hit from $1.9 million to $1.5 million due to the $3.7 million signing bonus he received.
  • McCain will carry cap figures of $6.34 million (2019), $6.24 million (2020), $7.14 million (2021) and $7.74 million (2022).
  • Jackson adds that McCain is owed $13 million in guaranteed money — $5.6 million (2019) and $3.02 million (2020) — but there are no guarantees after the 2020 season.


Patriots owner Robert Kraft referred to the rumor that surfaced last week that he nixed a trade involving TE Rob Gronkowski after Tom Brady threatened to retire as “hogwash.”

“I guess when your team is good, people are looking for things, and I’ll just tell you it’s a bunch of hogwash that I vetoed some trade,’’ Kraft said, via the Boston Globe. “That was never in the works; it’s just completely made up.

“And I think we have to be careful in society today — people can’t just come out and say things. And this bit about us trading Gronk to the 49ers or Tennessee . . . there’s no basis to it and it gets a life of its own.

“I just wanted to go on record at today’s event to make sure that you all understand that there’s no truth to that.’’

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