AFC East Notes: Bills, Jets, Patriots


  • CBS Sports Jason La Canfora reports the Bills beat out the Steelers for WR John Brown this offseason by offering a three-year, $27 million deal with $10 million in guarantees as opposed to two years, $16 million and $8 million guaranteed from Pittsburgh. 
  • La Canfora adds Buffalo missed on Brown the year before, as he elected to sign a one-year deal with the Ravens because of the steady presence of veteran QB Joe Flacco as opposed to the unknown of then-rookie QB Josh Allen



Patriots producer Dave Mondillo issued the following statement regarding the incident that took place last week:

“On December 8th I was doing what I have done for more than 18 years – working to produce high quality content that tells the unique, behind-the-scenes stories of people, players and the organization. It never occurred to me that my actions and the actions of my crew would be misconstrued.

“Our department was charged with completing four Do Your Job segments before the end of the year. One of the segments was to follow a pro scout throughout his week to show the audience what his job entails.

“Before the shoot began, I obtained permission and received credentials and a parking pass for Sunday’s game.

“With permission in hand, we started taping on December 6th – following the scout’s travel through the weekend to Cleveland and obtained footage of him working in his hotel room and interviewed him about his job. The final element needed to complete the story was to shoot from the press box at Progressive Field to show the audience what his responsibilities are on game day.

“We went directly to the press box and set up our camera to get the footage we needed. We interviewed and shot the Patriots scout sitting in a chair watching the action and panned back and forth from him to what he was seeing on the sidelines. We also took footage of the field as the intent was to show what he was looking at when he looked through his binoculars watching the game.

“At that point, I went to the restroom and when I came back, my cameraman was told to stop shooting by someone from the NFL and he was joined by two others from the Bengals organization and an additional NFL security person. We stopped shooting immediately when asked to do so and cooperated fully. We had a detailed exchange about who we were and why we were there and what they wanted us to do. I gave the Sony SXS card to NFL security and we complied with their request, packed up and went home. I had no intention to provide footage to football operations, I did not provide any footage, and I was never asked to do so.”

  • Jay Glazer of FOX Sports obtained and aired footage of the incident between Bengals’ security and the Patriots’ employee. 
  • Ben Volin and Katie McInerney of the Boston Globe report that the Patriots have suspended the videographer involved in the incident that took place during the Browns and Bengals game last week.
  • According to the report, the videographer, Dave Mondillo, is a longtime full-time employee of Kraft Sports and Entertainment.
  •  ESPN’s Mike Reiss mentions Patriots DL coach Brett Bielema would consider leaving if a college offered him a head coaching position. 
  • Reiss adds the Patriots could consider bringing K Josh Gable back on a futures deal to compete with K Stephen Gostkowski next year. 
  • The Patriots’ attempted to extend executive Nick Caserio before New England’s game against the Texans a few weeks ago which is when talks stalled out. (Ben Volin)

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