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AFC Notes: Quarterbacks, Browns, Chiefs & Dolphins


Adam Schefter writes that the Bills, Jets and Dolphins all have quarterback decisions looming during the offseason.

  • The Bills will need to decide whether to pick up $25 million worth of guaranteed money in quarterback Tyrod Taylor‘s contract, which includes a $12 million fully guaranteed base salary for 2017, and a $13 million fully guaranteed base salary for 2018.
  • The Dolphins could get out of Ryan Tannehill‘s contract next year if they’re willing to take a hit of $10.4 million that would be incurred by either trading or releasing him. The good news is that they would pick up $9.9 million in cap space and get out from under his $18 million base salary, per Schefter.
  • As for the Jets, Schefter mentions that Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s contract is set to expire, so there won’t be any issues with moving on from him. However, Geno Smith will also be a free agent, which leaves Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg as the only quarterbacks under contract for the 2017 season right now.


  • Coach Hue Jackson told reporters today that “Cody (Kessler) is the starter on this football team until I say otherwise.” (Mary Kay Cabot)
  • Regarding Kessler’s status for Sunday, Jackson said that he will know more as the week goes on if the rookie quarterback will be able to suit up. (Mary Kay Cabot)
  • While Jackson showed confidence in Kessler, Jackson said it is still “too early” to say if he will stick with him above Josh McCown if both quarterbacks are healthy. (Scott Petrak)


  • Trainer Rick Burkholder mentioned that LB Justin Houston has been cleared to progress with football type activity, even though he isn’t able to practice just yet. (Terez A. Paylor)
  • According to Ian Rapoport, Monday is the first day that Houston is eligible to come off the Physically unable to perform list.


  • Dolphins DT Earl Mitchell told reporters that he is on track to return after his eight-week injured reserve period ends. (Adam Beasley)

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