AFC East Notes: Edelman, Sanchez, Cooks

As of last night, the Patriots and free agent receiver Julian Edelman were talking about a contract that would keep Tom Brady‘s most productive receiver in New England. Edelman visited the 49ers Friday, but CBS’ Jason La Canfora believes a deal with the Pats remains the most likely scenario (via Twitter).

Other Pats and Jets news and notes:

  • The Patriots were supposed to meet with Steve Smith, but they never got the chance, writes Mike Reiss of
  • In a detailed explanation, Jason Fitzgerald of writes the Jets are playing a game of poker with the Mark Sanchez situation.
  • The Jets have been “all over” Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks in pre-draft preparation, according to’s Rich Cimini (via Twitter). That news could be telling, especially remembering back to last year when the team was reportedly fixated on Tavon Austin before the Rams swooped in. While not as versatile, productive or hyped as Austin, Cooks is also a smallish, playmaking receiver who brings an explosive element, something the Jets 31st ranked passing offense sorely needs, even with the signing of Eric Decker. Cooks, who is capable of working inside or outside, blazed 40-yard dash times in the low 4.3s at the Combine. He’s expected to go in the second round, where the Jets hold the 18th pick.
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