AFC East Notes: Bills, Jets, Patriots

     

Bills

  • Joe Buscaglia can’t see the Bills releasing DT Star Lotulelei during the offseason, given that he’s been better than most assume
  • Buscaglia mentions that Trent Murphy is a possible cap casualty this offseason with former first-round pick Shaq Lawson another player worth keeping an eye on.

Jets

Jets RB Le’Veon Bell wasn’t traded at this year’s deadline, but it wasn’t for lack of interest by the Jets. New York was willing to cut bait just halfway into their first year with Bell, but the massive deal they gave him in free agency was a sticking point with other teams. Bell wasn’t willing to give up any of the guaranteed money he sat out an entire season to get even if it meant going to a more successful team than the Jets. 

“It depends on the (financial) situation. You know what I’m saying?” Bell said via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “I had sat out a whole year… I’m not so much worried about the (Average Per Year). Everybody cares about the APY… So, when you say taking a pay cut, it depends on what you’re talking about.”

“At the end of the day,” Bell added, “I’ve never been a person that really cares about trying to go to a team and joining a whole bunch of other good players.”

  • Mehta reports the Jets will likely be amenable to trading Bell again this offseason, even if it means eating a portion of his salary. 
  • ESPN’s Rich Cimini says the Jets will likely make re-signing LB Jordan Jenkins a priority this offseason, adding it will take a little more than $10 million per season. 

Patriots

On the FOX NFL Sunday pregame show (per Michele Steele), Rob Gronkowski was asked what he would do if Tom Brady called and asked him to return for the playoffs: “First off, I’m saying I love the guy.”

After being pressed to answer, Gronkowski said: “No! I’m not going back.”

  • ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reports the Patriots are being extra-cautious with WR Mohamed Sanu‘s ankle sprain and could hold him out two weeks even if he thinks he’s ready to play. 
  • ESPN’s Mike Reiss writes that the Patriots took great care to conceal their interest in fifth-round rookie P Jake Bailey this past offseason, never working him out privately or interviewing him. 

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