AFC East Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots


  • ESPN’s Adam Schefter disputes a report that the Bills made an offer to RB Melvin Gordon before he signed with the Broncos. 
  • Schefter says Gordon’s agent reached out to Buffalo, but the team never made an offer. 


  • Dolphins DE Shaq Lawson‘s three-year, $30 million deal includes a $4 million signing bonus, base salaries of $6.4 million, $7.9 million and $8.9 million. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Lawson’s base salaries in 2020 and 2021 are fully guaranteed, while he has a $2.5 million roster bonus due March 26, a $100,000 workout bonus in 2020 and 2021, and up to $2M in annual incentives for sacks and team achievements. 


  • ESPN’s Rich Cimini points out the Jets’ three-year, $30 million deal for OT George Fant is actually a one-year, $9.25 million deal and won’t prevent New York from taking an offensive tackle in the first round. 
  • Cimini says the Jets aren’t interested in pursuing a sign-and-trade for franchise-tagged Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue at this time. 
  • Cimini adds the Jets are not expected to get reinvolved with Seahawks free-agent DE Jadeveon Clowney unless he lowers his asking price significantly. 
  • Cimini mentions QBs Joe Flacco and Matt Moore to watch as potential backup quarterback options for the Jets given their connections to GM Joe Douglas and HC Adam Gase respectively. 


  • ESPN’s Seth Wickersham notes that back in 2017 when Patriots HC Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady met to discuss a new deal to keep Brady in New England, the meeting ended in a “blowup.” It was one of the final events in a long series that precipitated Brady’s departure from New England this past week. 
  • Wickersham said that league executives who reached out to Brady said he seemed driven by an animus toward Belichick. 
  • Brady’s preferred destination was San Francisco, according to Wickersham, but the 49ers elected to stand pat with QB Jimmy Garoppolo
  • ESPN’s Mike Reiss reports the Patriots’ current salary cap issues were the impetus for the trade of S Duron Harmon to the Lions.
  • Reiss says the Patriots decision to place the franchise tag on G Joe Thuney is noteworthy because it sets the floor for potential extension negotiations at $14.78 million. 

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