AFC Notes: Dolphins, Jets, Patriots




  • SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano predicts the Jets to finish third in the AFC East in 2020, behind the Patriots and Bills and ahead of the Dolphins. 
  • Vacchiano believes Jets S Jamal Adams won’t be traded and will start the season still on the roster, as he has almost no leverage to force the team’s hand. 
  • Vacchiano confirms the Jets have actual interest in free-agent CB Logan Ryan but not at the veteran’s reported $10 million a year asking price. 
  • Regarding potential undrafted free agents who could make the team, Vacchiano says to keep an eye on EDGE Bryce Huff, CB Shyheim Carter, OT Jared Hilbers and WR Lawrence Cager


  • Ian Rapoport reports that Cam Newton is in New England to complete his physical and finalize his one-year, $1.75M contract worth up to $7.5M with the Patriots.
  • According to Rapoport, the Patriots are confident in his condition and no issues are anticipated regarding his physical. Although, Rapoport adds that it will take a few days to complete.
  • Phil Perry of NBC Sports notes that Newton signed with the Patriots with a cap hit that was slightly higher than that of LS Joe Cardona, despite the fact that his contract is worth up to $7.5 million.
  • Much of the incentives of Newton’s contract are designated as “not likely to be earned”. By NFL rule, NLTBE incentives do not count against the salary cap immediately.
  • The Patriots had less than $1 million in space prior to agreeing to terms with Newton, according to Patriots cap expert Miguel Benzan.
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