AFC East Notes: Pouncey, Easley, Bills

So far today, we’ve passed along word that Bills CEO Russ Brandon says Buffalo’s uncertain ownership situation isn’t affecting the team’s football decisions, and made note of a few minor signings made by the Patriots and Dolphins. Here’s more out of the AFC East:

  • Unlike Richie Incognito and John Jerry, who were named in the Ted Wells bullying report along with him, center Mike Pouncey is getting a second chance with the Dolphins. Whether that’s because of his contract situation, his talent, his lesser role in the scandal, or a combination of all three, Pouncey hopes to make the most of the opportunity and prove that he can be a franchise cornerstone, as James Walker of details. “I would hope that anybody else wouldn’t doubt that,” Pouncey said of his leadership. “The work ethic I put in, the way these guys on this football team look at me, they all know I’m the leader they want me to be. So my main focus is to be the best leader I can be.”
  • First-round defensive tackle Dominique Easley and the Patriots were closing in on a contract last week, but talks have hit a snag, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. Although most draftees come to terms pretty quickly, discussions are a little more extensive for first-round picks, who have to negotiate offset language and guaranteed money. Easley is also coming off an ACL tear, which may complicate talks.
  • Billionaire developer Donald Trump is maintaining his interest in making a bid for the Bills, suggesting today that he expects to be involved in the sale process. “We are going to put in a bid,” Trump said, according to Jerry Zremski of the Buffalo News. “I don’t know what’s going to happen in Buffalo. If the price isn’t the right price, then I won’t get it, and I won’t be ashamed of it … But if I get it, I think I’ll probably do a good job.”
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