AFC Notes: Bills, Browns, Patriots



  • Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 doesn’t see the Bills offering DE Shaq Lawson the same kind of money he would have made under the fifth-year option ($9.451 million) had Buffalo not declined it last year.
  • Even so, Capaccio believes the Bills would still like to have Lawson back at a “team-friendly” price at around $6-$7 million per year.
  • As for Trent Murphy, Capaccio mentions that unless they have a “ready-made replacement,” he’ll probably be back for the 2020 season.
  • Capaccio says Darryl Johnson could push for “significant” playing time next season if he develops as the Bills hope.


  • According to’s Mary Kay Cabot, there’s a stronger chance the Browns re-sign LB Joe Schobert under new GM Andrew Berry, as former GM John Dorsey was planning to let him walk. 


  • According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, there’s still no movement on a potential new contract between the Patriots and QB Tom Brady.
  • Reiss believes there’s still about an 80 percent chance Brady remains in New England, but believes if he does leave, New England would stick with QBs Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler until the second wave of free agency before looking for a cheaper option. 
  • Doug Kyed reports that Patriots RT Marcus Cannon is not retiring, despite some Twitter rumors that recently surfaced. 
  • Mike Freeman of B/R writes that the team to watch to make a run at signing Saints RFA QB Taysom Hill is the Patriots.
  • Freeman wouldn’t be surprised if Bridgewater ended up with a team such as the Patriots.
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