AFC Notes: Browns, Jets, Patriots

     

Browns

  • Alex Marvez reports that some assistant coaches for the Browns who are still under contract with the team are being temporarily blocked from job interview requests until they decide on their head coaching vacancy.  
  • Marvez adds that the Browns did allow DL coach Tosh Lupoi to interview with another team after his initial request was denied. 

Jets

Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.com explores seven ways the Jets could improve their roster this offseason including:

  • Upgrade the offensive line through free agency with Redskins G Brandon Scherff, Titans OT Jack Conklin, Patriots G Joe Thuney, and Packers RT Bryan Bulaga being possible targets. 
  • Should the Jets look to the draft, Vacchiano lists Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs as a potential fit. 
  • If the Jets replace WR Robby Anderson in free agency, potential targets could include 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders and Cowboys WR Amari Cooper, according to Vacchiano. 
  • Vacchiano would not trade S Jamal Adams, but also wouldn’t rush to get a deal done. He mentions that New York has “plenty of leverage,” but they don’t need to rush to sign him to a massive contract. Unless a team steps up with multiple first-round picks, Vacchiano says the Jets shouldn’t consider moving him.
  • As for RB Le’Veon Bell, Vacchiano would make him available for trade, but would be willing to retain him if the right deal isn’t available.
  • Vacchiano lists Rams DE Dante Fowler, Steelers OLB Bud Dupree, Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue, and Seahawks DE Jadeveon Clowney as speculative free agent pass rushers for the Jets to consider.

Patriots

  • Ian Rapoport has spoken to people close to Tom Brady and they believe he wants to continue his NFL career beyond this season.
  • Rapoport’s sources expect Patriots owner Robert Kraft to step up and ensure that Brady finishes out his career in New England.

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