AFC Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Jets



Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic takes a look at several Bills players who could be “rollover” cap casualties in terms of the team’s 2021 cap situation. 

  • Buscaglia says DE Trent Murphy may need a “perfect summer” to avoid being on the chopping block. The Bills would save $7.28 million by releasing him. 
  • While Buscaglia believes it’s unlikely Buffalo would release CB Josh Norman, he believes it’s something to keep an eye on, depending on how Norman performs during training camp. 
  • Buscaglia admits that OT Ty Nsekhe is “on the right side of the bubble for now” but that could change during training camp. Should the Bills move on from him, they would net $2.45 million of cap room. 
  • Some other potential cap casualties to keep an eye, according to Buscaglia, include G/C Spencer Long, G Daryl Williams, QB Matt Barkley and K Stephen Hauschka.


  • Albert Breer of expects Dolphins HC Brian Flores to do everything he can to win this year, which means Ryan Fitzpatrick could very well open the season as the team’s starting quarterback.
  • Breer can see Fitzpatrick holding the starting job until around November or so. At which point, first-round QB Tua Tagovailoa could start seeing some reps.


Tony Pauline said on the “Draft Insiders” podcast that the Jets would likely ask for Cowboys RT La’el Collins in a trade for S Jamal Adams.

According to Pauline, the Jets may also want a draft pick to go along with Collins, but that could prove to be too much for the Cowboys.

Pauline explains that Collins is under contract through 2024 and would help to solidify the Jets’ offensive line, which has been an area of emphasis for new GM Joe Douglas. Beyond that, some believe Collins’ contract will prove to be a bargain in the coming years.

  • On Thursday, Jets DC Gregg Williams said of Jamal Adams‘ situation: “You never mess with a guy’s contract … I have his back on that.” (Connor Hughes)
  • Williams said of Adams’ his desire to seek a trade: “I got his back on all those type of things…. I think the world of him.” (Manish Mehta)
  • Williams added that he “can’t want to coach” Adams again: “I want him to feel good about being here and everything that’s going on. I can’t wait to coach him again.” (Brian Costello)
  • Regarding second-year year DL Quinnen Williams, Williams said: “I think people are going to see a big jump in his production and in his play.” Williams added that people did not realize how much the high-ankle sprain early in the year affected Quinnen. (Brian Costello)
  • As for LB C.J. Mosley, Williams said: “He may be the best I’ve ever been with in my life at NFL level (in that) he stayed active, energized & led this football team behind the scenes. He prepared like he was getting ready to play that week. CJ showed tremendous leadership in doing that.” (Manish Mehta)
  • Jets special teams coach Brant Boyer said it will be an open competition at kicker between Sam Ficken and Brett Maher. (Brian Costello)
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