AFC Notes: Jets, Patriots, Ravens



  • ESPN’s Rich Cimini says his sense is the Jets don’t have any desire to trade DL Quinnen Williams this season, though that could change this offseason. 
  • Cimini adds the Jets won’t trade QB Sam Darnold this season and any potential trade would only be on the table if they get the No. 1 pick. 
  • However, Jets S Marcus Maye is in the final year of his deal and Cimini says the team could try to trade him like they did in a similar situation with DL Leonard Williams last year. 
  • Cimini says the Jets would love to deal DE Henry Anderson but are unlikely to find a partner given his salary. Conversely, the Jets could find interest in TE Chris Herndon but Cimini doesn’t expect them to sell low with another year left on his deal. 
  • ESPN’s Adam Schefter says former Jets RB Le’Veon Bell‘s $8 million injury guarantee in 2021 is the main reason New York decided to go ahead and release him. The team’s belief is any kind of injury would have led to a long, drawn-out dispute between them and Bell after they released him next offseason. 
  • Schefter adds Bell’s deal included an offset, so his new salary from the Chiefs will be taken out of the $6 million the Jets still owe Bell. 
  • NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero notes the Jets had an offer on the table for QB Andy Dalton before he elected to sign with the Cowboys as their backup quarterback.  


Following Sunday’s loss to the Broncos, Bill Belichick said the team needs more time working together to get things fixed. 

“We need more time together, we need to practice together, we need to execute and do everything better. No question about that,” Belichick said, per Doug Kyed

  • ESPN’s Mike Reiss says the Patriots’ interest in RB Le’Veon Bell made sense in terms of adding more pass-catching threats even though the team was deep at running back. 
  • Reiss notes the Patriots could rely on development from rookies like TEs Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene instead of making a trade to improve their pass-catchers. Patriots HC Bill Belichick previously said he’s never had a rookie class as far behind as this one. 


Ravens HC John Harbaugh told reporters after Sunday’s game that RB Mark Ingram (ankle), CB Anthony Averett (shoulder) and G Tyre Phillips (hand) do not appear to have serious injuries. 

“I have not talked to the trainer about those guys since during the game,” Harbaugh said, Pro Football Talk. “I don’t think those are any long-term injuries but we’ll find out.

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