AFC East Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots


  • Marcel Louis-Jacques says on Twitter that it is unlikely the Bills look for a tight end in free agency. Louis-Jacques notes that TE Lee Smith is signed through next season and the Bills also seem interested in re-signing TE Jason Croom.
  • While the Bills could draft a tight end at the right value, a scenario where the team signs a free-agent tight end such as Hunter Henry or Austin Hooper is unlikely to happen, according to Louis-Jacques.
  • The Bills had earlier restructured the contract of TE Tyler Kroft, who was originally set to earn $5.6 million this season and $6.05 million next season. His new contract will only be for one year, worth $4 million, $3.4 million of which is guaranteed.
  • Louis-Jacques is also reporting that the Bills may not be committed to Cody Ford as their long term starter at right tackle, but he says it would make sense for the team to re-sign him after next season.
  • Joe Buscaglia mentions that the Bills’ re-signing of G Quinton Spain could be a sign that Ford will be staying at right tackle.


  • Barry Jackson reports that people who spoke to the Dolphins left with the impression they really like OSU RB J.K. Dobbins and Georgia RB D’Andre Swift.
  • Armando Salguero mentions that former Dolphins QB coach David Lee was present at Oregon’s Pro Day to evaluate QB Justin Herbert.
  • According to Barry Jackson, the Dolphins are expected to sign multiple offensive linemen in free agency.
  • Jackson says Miami is widely expected to have interest in Patriots free agent C Ted Karras, Lions OL Graham Glasgow and Jets OT Brandon Shell.
  • Jackson adds that the Dolphins hold G Joe Thuney in high regard, but it remains to be seen if he’s too pricey for them.
  • Some cornerbacks to watch for the Dolphins, according to Jackson, include Vikings Mackenzie Alexander, Jets Brian Poole, and possibly Logan Ryan, Byron Jones or Chris Harris, depending on how much they’re willing to spend.



Former NFL GM Michael Lombardi said on his “GM Shuffle” podcast that he’s more convinced now that Tom Brady will be playing elsewhere, and mentioned that he has a “strong hunch” the 49ers are in play. 

“We have to qualify what were the odds going back,” Lombardi said, via “I would say in October I thought he would stay with the Patriots, 95/5 — favoring the Patriots. I think by December I was at 75/25. I think January after that loss I went to 60/40, now I am 30/70 that he’s gone. Maybe even 20/80. I don’t get the vibe that it is going to happen.

“I do know this. I think he has a strong interest — and he said it the other day to Charlie Weis, and I respect what he said, ‘Nobody knows nothing’ and he’s right — but, I have a strong hunch, call it an instinct, call it something through the grapevine that San Francisco is in play. … I say it is 20/80 that it happens, 20 percent it happens, 80 percent it doesn’t. But, San Francisco is in play.

“I think it is going to make the first week of free agency some of the most fascinating conversations about team-building that you’re going to see.”

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