AFC East Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Patriots



  • Mike Rodak notes that $2.5 million of Bills DE Trent Murphy‘s salary is now fully guaranteed for the 2019 season now that that fifth day of the league year has passed. Murphy also received a $500,000 roster bonus.
  • Rodak says this “virtually ensures” Murphy will be back for the 2019 season, unless Buffalo wants to eat $6.5 million in dead money.
  • Bills DE Jerry Hughes was also paid a $1 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the league year, per Rodak.


  • New Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick told reporters on Tuesday that other teams were interested in signing him and the financial terms “were similar.” (Armando Salguero)
  • However, all of the other teams had starters “penciled in” so the Dolphins were his only chance to start.


  • According to Greg Bedard, the Browns are not and won’t be an option for Patriots free agent K Stephen Gostkowski, which leaves New England with the only other kicker vacancy. 
  • Mike Reiss reports that DT Mike Pennel‘s contract with the Patriots is a two-year deal that carries a base value of $5 million and includes playing-time incentives that increase the maximum value of the agreement to $8 million.
  • Reiss says Pennel projects as a starter next to Lawrence Guy for the Patriots.
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