Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald says the Dolphins are expected to target at least one starting cornerback in free agency and potentially a nickel corner as well gave the uncertainty about CB Xavien Howard‘s possible suspension for a domestic violence arrest.
Although Hughes wouldn’t say GM Joe Douglas sounded “optimistic” about re-signing Anderson, Douglas appears to feel there is “at least a chance” to retain him.
Hughes points out that the Jets are not going to trade RB Le’Veon Bell because he would add $17 million in dead money due to the guarantees in his contract.
As for Jets S Jamal Adams‘ contract situation, Hughes writes that New York has “no reason” to push for an extension given Adams is under contract for 2020 and has a fifth-year option for 2021.
Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline writes if the Jets don’t win the expected bidding war for Titans pending free-agent OT Jack Conklin, New York could pursue Eagles OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai as a backup plan and someone who could start at multiple positions.
Pauline says the Jets confirmed to him they intend to make a push to re-sign Anderson, though they admit it won’t be cheap. Anderson could end up signing for as much as $15 million per year.
Per ESPN’s Seth Walder, Jets director of football analytics Jason Mulholland recently left for a position outside the NFL. The Jets also hired Zach Stuart to their analytics staff.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the uncertainty around the new CBA has impacted contract talks between the Patriots and Tom Brady. Once that’s settled, Patriots HC Bill Belichick can meet with Brady and discuss everything.
According to NESN’s Doug Kyed, the Patriots have been in contact with representatives for S Devin McCourty at the Combine.
New England has also been in contact with LB Jamie Collins‘ agent, per Jim McBride of the Boston Globe. Both players are set to be free agents in a few weeks.
The Athletic’s Jeff Howe mentions there haven’t been any negotiations with LB Dont’a Hightower yet on a potential extension, though that could happen later this offseason. He’s entering the final year of his deal.
Per Howe, Patriots C Ted Karras is also receiving quite a bit of interest and could end up signing for more than $10 million a year outside of New England.
Howe mentions Bills OT LaAdrian Waddle as a depth piece the Patriots would be interested in if he leaves Buffalo.