AFC East Rumors: Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots

     

Bills

  • New York Upstate’s Matt Parrino reports the Bills are also interested in Panthers G Greg Van Roten.
  • Bills DE Mario Addison‘s three-year deal includes a $6 million signing bonus base salaries of $5.25 million guaranteed (2020), $6.625 million, of which $2 million is guaranteed for injury at signing before fully guaranteeing the fifth day of the 2021 league year) and $6.625 million. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Addison has a $2 million roster bonus in 2020, an $800,000 roster bonus in 2021 and an $800,000 roster bonus in 2022, all on the fifth day of the league year. Addison also has up to $500,000 in an annual per-game active roster bonus. 
  • The Bills won’t tender restricted free agent WR Isaiah McKenzie. (Ian Rapoport)

Dolphins

  • According to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo, the Raiders offered CB Byron Jones more money per year, but the Dolphins won out because their offer was more front-loaded with $40 million in the first two years. 
  • Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald doesn’t expect either DE Taco Charlton or Charles Harris to be back with the Dolphins in 2020. 
  • New Dolphins LB Kyle Van Noy‘s four-year, $51 million deal has $30 million guaranteed, including a $12 million signing bonus. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Van Noy has base salaries of $3 million guaranteed (2020), $12.5 million (2021), $12.25 million (2022) and $11.15 million (2023). 
  • His 2021 base is guaranteed for injury until becoming fully guaranteed the fifth day of the 2021 league, while $2.5 million of his 2022 base does the same. Van Noy also has an annual $500,000 Pro Bowl incentive.
  • Dolphins G Ereck Flowers‘ three-year, $30 million deal has $19.95 million guaranteed, including a $9 million signing bonus. (Wilson)
  • Flowers has base salaries of $1.975 million, $8.975 million and $9.975 million, the first two of which are guaranteed. Flowers also has an annual $25,000 workout bonus.
  • Dolphins CB Byron Jones‘ five-year, $82.5 million deal includes $54.375 million guaranteed. (Wilson)
  • Jones has a $15 million signing bonus, with base salaries of $11 million guaranteed (2020), $14 million guaranteed (2021), $14.375 million guaranteed for injury at signing, with $6M guaranteed for skill, cap at signing and an additional $8.375 million guaranteed if on roster fifth day of the league year (2022), $13.5 million (2023) and $12.425 million (2024).
  • Jones also has a $1 million roster bonus the fifth day of the 2024 league year and up to $1 million in per-game active roster bonuses in 2023 and 2024. (Wilson)
  • Dolphins S Clayton Fejedelem‘s three-year deal is worth $8.55 million with a $1.5 million signing bonus, base salaries of $1.5 million (guaranteed), $2.25 million and $2.5 million, plus annual $250,000 per-game active roster bonuses. (Wilson)

Jets

  • According to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano, the Jets are still interested in Panthers G Greg Van Roten in free agency.
  • Connor Hughes reports that the Jets are “poking around” on cornerbacks including Chris Harris and Prince Amukamara and are going to sign one at some point.
  • Hughes says the Jets like DE/OLB Dante Fowler Jr, but he can’t see GM Joe Douglas overpaying for anyone. 
  • Regarding a potential trade for Redskins LT Trent Williams, Hughes says Washington is “pretty set” on a second-round pick right now, but the Jets aren’t willing to give up that much for him. Hughes says he hasn’t heard that the Jets are out on Williams, but signing George Fant to a big deal makes a trade seem unlikely.

Patriots

  • According to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, there were people in the Patriots organization who held out hope as recently as yesterday that a summit between QB Tom Brady and HC Bill Belichick could clear things up and spark a reunion. 
  • However, Breer says that meeting never happened.
  • Brady visited Patriots owner Robert Kraft Monday night to inform him of his decision: “Tommy initiated contact last night & came over. We had a positive, respectful discussion. It’s not the way I want it to end, but I want him to do what is in his best personal interest. After 20 years with us, he has earned that right. I love him like a son.” (Mike Reiss)
  • At the end of the day, Kraft told NFL Media’s Michael Giardi that it was Brady’s call to leave: “If Tom wanted to remain a Patriot, we would have had a deal.”
  • ESPN’s Jeff Darlington says four factors that Brady will take into account when choosing his next team include a collaborative coach, a well-built roster even if not seen as a Super Bowl favorite, good weather and proximity to New York City, though none of those are dealbreakers individually.
  • ESPN’s Dianna Russini says the Patriots actually never had interest in QB Teddy Bridgewater.
  • The Patriots also were involved with the Vikings in a potential trade for WR Stefon Diggs before he was traded to Buffalo for four picks including a first. (Albert Breer)
  • Patriots S Devin McCourty‘s deal is worth $53 million total with $17 million guaranteed. McCourty receives a $10.75 million signing bonus with base salaries of $2.25 million (2020) (gtd), $8 million (2021) and $10 million in 2022-2024. (Wilson)
  • McCourty’s 2020 base is guaranteed, while $4 million of his 2021 base is guaranteed if he’s on the roster the third day of the league year. The last three years are dummy years set to void if he’s on the roster the final day of the 2021 LY. 
  • McCourty has $1 million total in per-game active roster bonuses in 2020 and 2021, $62,500 per game.
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