AFC East Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots

     

Bills

  • Bills LB A.J. Klein‘s three-year $18 million deal includes a $1.2 million signing bonus, base salaries of $2.2 million guaranteed, $4.1 million, $3.2 million of which is guaranteed, and $4.2 million. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Klein also has a $3.1 million roster bonus five days after the contract is executed in 2020, a $1.6 million 2021 roster bonus in 2021 and a $700,000 roster bonus in 2022. Klein has annual per-game active roster bonuses for up to $200,000.

Dolphins

  • Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald points out how the Dolphins have placed an emphasis on coverage ability throughout their defense. Both projected starting safeties, Eric Rowe and Brice McCain, were converted from cornerback. 
  • Miami’s new additions at linebacker — Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts and Kamu Grugier-Hill — also are better in coverage than some of the Dolphins’ options last year. 
  • Dolphins DE Emmanuel Ogbah‘s two-year, $15 million deal includes base salaries of $3.75 million guaranteed and $7.475 million. Ogbah also has a $3.75 million roster bonus due March 26. (Aaron Wilson)

Jets

  • Brian Costello of the New York Post writes that there has been no news of any teams interested in Jets WR Robby Anderson, which either means his agent is keeping things quiet or, more likely, there’s not as big a market as expected. 
  • Costello mentions the upcoming draft class, which is seen has historically deep, could be affecting Anderson, who is seen as a good complementary receiver but not a No. 1 target. 
  • Both the Jets and Anderson have said they are open to a reunion in the past, but Anderson wanted to see what was on the market and New York didn’t want to overpay. 
  • Former Jets LB Jordan Jenkins would like to re-sign with the team but he finds New York’s current offer unacceptable. (Rich Cimini)
  • Cimini also mentions G Greg Van Roten, CB Darryl Roberts, WR Phillip Dorsett and G Brian Winters as other names to keep an eye on as signings. 
  • Jets G Alex Lewis‘ three-year, $18.6 million deal includes a $2.5 million signing bonus, base salaries of $1.1 million guaranteed, $5.8 million and $6 million, a $2 million roster bonus the fifth day of the 2020 league year and annual per-game active roster bonuses of up to $400,000. (Aaron Wilson)

Patriots

  • Several senior writers at the Athletic mention the Patriots as one of the last remaining logical fits for Panthers QB Cam Newton, as New England has shown an ability to adapt its scheme and Newton has the intelligence to succeed there. 
  • Jeff Howe of the Athletic notes the Patriots’ final contract proposal to QB Tom Brady last summer was for two years and $53 million with no incentives. 
  • This offseason, the Patriots never offered Brady a contract and instead asked him what type of deal he wanted. Brady never brought his financial demands to the table before signing with Tampa Bay. 
  • Regarding the Patriots’ sudden need for a quarterback, Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated does not think New England will “overreach” to fill holes and instead wait to find an “economical veteran,” while drafting a prospect to compete with Jarrett Stidham
  • Breer writes to not count out Stidham from gaining a starting a role and there are people within the organization who “really like him.”  
  • Patriots S Devin McCourty will count $6.45 million in dead money against the cap if he makes it to 2022 when his deal is set to automatically void. (Howe)
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